Pants of indeterminate age in an ancient apartment in a hogbutcher locale

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Blogger Problems

Trying to update, but Blogger seems to be experiencing some problems. Don't even know if I'll be able to post this, actually.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Heart Melting

Maybe it's just because I have cats and I can not imagine what I would do if I had to leave them, but this picture just melts me.

Better yet, you choose.

Instead of making an executive decision to refunnel all donations to another organization, I'm just going to throw it open to each of you. Those who would like to see their donation go to the Red Cross will have their wishes honored, and those who would like to see it go to another worthy organization will also have their wishes honored.

Here is how this will work: You choose your organization from the list below, and I send your $10 to that organization. You will also choose a second and third choice as backups.

Why are backups necessary? My employer's matching funds only kick in with a minimum $25 donation. That means 3 people will have to earmark their donations ($30) to any one organization for the matching funds to mean anything. If you list three organizations, chances are one of them will get enough "votes."

If you've already ordered, you can communicate your wishes via e-mail (I'll be sending out an e-mail to all of you with details). If you haven't yet ordered, you can specify your wishes in the additional comments field that Paypal offers on the payment page or you can also just e-mail me. If an order comes in unspecified, I'll contact that person for their wishes.

Keep in mind that only non-religious, non-political, registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charities are eligible for matching funds, so there are some very worthy organizations who have to be left off this list.

You can click on any of these organizations to find out more about them.

American Red Cross


America's Second Harvest


Best Friends Hurricane Relief Fund

(Animal Rescue)

CitiHope International


Direct Relief


Feed the Children

(They describe themselves as a Christian organization, so I will have to check to see if they're matching fund eligible.)

Foundations for Recovery

(a collaboration of The Baton Rouge Area Foundation and The Greater New Orleans Foundation)

Global Lifeguards Hurricane Katrina Emergency Workers Relief Fund

(Cares for emergency relief workers and volunteers and their families.)

Habitat for Humanity

(Also a Christian ecumenical organization. I'll check on eligibility.)

Humane Society of the United States

(Animal Rescue)

Institute for Marine Mammal Studies

(Based in Gulfport, MS. Completely destroyed and must rebuild.)

International Medical Corps


The International Rescue Committee


K.I.D.S (Kids in Distressed Situations)


Louisiana SPCA

(Animal Rescue)

Mercy Corps


NAACP Disaster Relief Fund


Next of Kin Registry

(Helps dispersed victims find each other.)

Noah's Wish

(Animal Rescue)

Pan American Health and Education Foundation Hurricane Katrina Disaster Fund


Preservation Hall New Orleans Musicians Hurricane Relief Fund


Save the Children USA


United Way


America's Second Harvest

I've had third thoughts after my second thoughts. You can now just choose which charity you want your money to go to from a list of charities doing hurricane relief. Details here.

Original post:

I have been struggling with all the stories I've been hearing about problems getting help from the Red Cross in the hardest hit areas of the Gulf. Disaster recovery is excruciatingly difficult work, and organizing and executing it is the proverbial herculean task. I'm inclined to give organizations the benefit of the doubt until they demonstrate some evidence of real negligence (FEMA, anyone?).

But this thread is sort of a last straw for me with the Red Cross, and not because it's any particular degree worse than any of the other stories that have been drifting around, but because enough is enough. I want to give where the dollars seem most effective.

Money is pouring into the Red Cross in great waterfalls of green right now. They're not going to miss our $1260 (or whatever the final tally is going to be). The Red Cross is well-supported. But, because the push to donate to the Red Cross is so ubiquitous, I'd be willing to bet that other worthy organizations are not seeing nearly the same percentage increase in their donations. Why not give where the giving matters more?

Therefore, unless the overwhelming majority of you who have already "donated" through the purchase of Casey and Orleans bracelets wish otherwise, my intent is to redirect the donations to

America's Second Harvest

Here is their general mission statement:

The mission of America's Second Harvest is to create a hunger-free America. We distribute food and grocery products through a nationwide network of certified affiliates, increase public awareness of domestic hunger, and advocate for policies that benefit America's hungry.

Our network includes more than 200 food banks and food-rescue organizations, serving every county in the U.S. The effectiveness and operating efficiency of this network depends on the cooperation of food banks, food-rescue organizations, service agencies, donors, and national programs.

Food banks serve people in need by securing and storing surplus food and distributing it through their own network of local service agencies. Food-rescue organizations often operate within a shorter time-frame, picking up and delivering perishable foods on a single run. A number of America's Second Harvest affiliates secure and distribute food in their local community through both of these methods.

In particular, their home page documents their Katrina efforts, and you can find a bit more Katrina relief details here.

I will be e-mailing those who have already made donations through the purchase of bracelets to see if anyone has any major objections to the switch, but I suspect there won't be many. If necessary, I will split the donations that have already come in.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Update! $1260 raised for hurricane relief!

So, the orders page is finally updated!

63 bracelets were ordered between 8/29 and 9/14 (today). That's $630 plus the $630 kicked in by my employer's matching funds program.

$1260! Woot!

How high can we kick that total?

New supplies have arrived, so the few from this past week that haven't been shipped yet, will soon be on their way.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Actually almost caught up!

For real!

Anything ordered before 9/7 has either already been shipped or will be shipped tomorrow. The last few stragglers in the inbox will be out by Saturday probably, depending on when my new shipment of supplies comes in.

Everything would be shipped by tomorrow but for the fact that the place I order supplies from sent me a bag of <2mm round sterling silver beads mislabeled as 2.5 mm sterling silver beads.

Honey, Pants knows the difference between 2mm balls and 2.5mm balls. <snap>

Friday, September 02, 2005

La Belle Ville Orleans

La Belle Ville Orleans: Sterling Silver and Glass
All proceeds go to the Red Cross
(click to see larger view)

The Beautiful City, Orleans.

The colors of Mardi Gras. The colors of hope.

The money from this bracelet will forever go to the effort to rebuild New Orleans and care for its people. For now: The Red Cross.

Because my employer does matching donations, the $15 you spend on this bracelet will actually mean $20 goes to the Red Cross. $15 = 1 bracelet + $20 donation to the Red Cross. Hard to beat that.

New domain, has been registered, but is not live yet. The new site will allow me to more easily maintain the recordkeeping and information part of this. I'll let you know when it is ready.

Big Casey bracelet shipment goes out Tuesday.

Thoughts and prayers are with everyone hurting right now.