|Why I love my city, part 2
||[Sep. 3rd, 2005|08:35 pm]
I spent the first half of the day at the Reliant Park distribution center getting donations ready for the next batch of buses (which began arriving right about the time my shift was over). Although there were some things that could be run a bit more efficiently, overall the effort is very well organized and it is overwhelming to see the amount of support the citizens are giving.
It is also heartbreaking to see the number of people coming to the center hoping to find relatives and loved ones among the arrivals. And it's mind-boggling to think of the sheer number of people who will be passing through Houston during the next few days and weeks.
22 students from Louisiana enrolled in Middle Daughter's school last week, and more may come. My sister just rented one of her houses to a family from Lousiana. Texas A&M is waiving tuition to enroll 1,000 students from universities in and around New Orleans and other universities are accepting students as well. Husband said that today as he was driving to a friend's house he saw barbeques set up in parking lots with signs inviting Lousiana evacuees to come eat for free. Donations are pouring into Reliant Park faster than they can be sorted and staged. So many people are turning up to volunteer that some are being asked to come back later.
The media would lead you to believe that everything is in chaos, but that's not the case at all.