In a world where it seems a disaster happens every day, it’s easy to become desensitized. We often reach a point where we feel so helpless, our defense mechanism is just to ignore it.

Many of us would like to take action, to listen to that little voice that says, “do something, do good!” When it comes to donating our time, money, or energy we become wary — if I donate to help Syrian Refugees, does that mean I need to turn around donate to help the victims of the California wildfires? Is charity an all-or-nothing thing? Is my little donation going to help at all? How do I know which charities to donate to that will actually help the victims?

If you need help deciding how to do some good this week, I’m here to help you narrow it down. Please, please send relief to the flood victims of Louisiana. If only because I’ve made your choice easy.

Here are some reasons why:

  1. Louisiana was placed third-to-last on a recent list of best states to raise children. Poverty is a major issue. The weather is becoming more and more unpredictable due to climate change, and the destruction of wetlands related to oil drilling and other factors. I’m not saying every flood victim was living in poverty, but overall, the state struggles to give people a good life. Especially children.
  2. School is about to start! Schools are flooded and classrooms are ruined! I’m a teacher, and I can’t imagine what that must be like for those teachers and students. Here is a link to donate specifically to teachers to restock their ruined classrooms with supplies.
  3. Louisiana is home to some of the most diverse and rich cultures in the country. The most famous ones of course are Creole and Cajun, but there are so many others; German, Irish, Italian, etc. The African-American roots here are precious. When Katrina hit, we had to ask ourselves “What will be lost if New Orleans is lost?” We need to ask ourselves the same question. Thousands were displaced by Katrina, diffusing the culture of the state by removing its lifeblood, its people. We need to do what we can to allow people to stay in Louisiana.
  4. I’ve traveled to Louisiana several times, and have always been warmly received and treated as a guest. People are nice there! It is a beautiful state to visit and I want to repay their kindness. Yes, that’s my motivation, but it can be yours, too.
  5. Read this. Just look at these pictures.
  6. Pets are suffering just as much as humans! There are so many animal shelters that need donations. If you are an animal lover, please consider lending your support. Even the Louisiana Bobcat Sanctuary needs help.
  7. It wasn’t so very long ago that we had some pretty bad flooding around here and a lot of Iowans lost everything. Whether or not donations were sent from Louisiana doesn’t matter. You know what they’re going through. You’ve seen what it did to our community in the Cedar Rapids area and you know how long it takes to recover from a flood. Please help.


FYI: I am going to approach the administration at Lisbon Community Schools (where I am teaching starting next Tuesday!) about putting together a donation drive and shipping supplies down. If you live in the MV/Lisbon Area keep your eyes peeled for information if I can get that up and running.