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If there is a bright side to this disaster, it is that it has brought our country together for a little while. I have been very impressed with America's rapid response. I'm not talking about the government: I'm talking about businesses and individuals.

Delta Air Lines' leaders took a plane right to New Orleans to rescue over 100 survivors. Kodak is donating now, and has committed to continuing to do so during the recovery. Microsoft and Ted Turner are each donating a million dollars. Smaller businesses like The Fresh Market are matching donations. Millions of individuals, regardless of political stripe or religious belief, have stepped up to the plate with money or actions. The blogosphere has been particularly responsive, with links to relief efforts, direct commentary from survivors, facilitating getting word to familes about relatives who were victims, etc.

It's very heartening. For all the partisan sniping that goes on day-to-day, it moves me greatly to see people pulling together like this. You can say that it's good PR for companies, but that doesn't make it any less the right thing to do.

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canopic_no_9
Sep. 4th, 2005 03:43 am (UTC)
I heard on the news this morning that Talking Rain (water) was trucking 72,000 + bottles of water to New Orleans, but couldn't find print backup. Nike donated 1/2 Mil and here's an article on the NW efforts:http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_090205WABkatrina_nwaideKC.1c884659.html
pointedview
Sep. 7th, 2005 01:39 am (UTC)
That's outstanding. Thanks for sharing the link. And in that picture, I see Kirkland water, too, which I think is Costco's store brand, so they may well be contributing to the effort, too.
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