08/30/05

Rex’s Response to Hurricane Katrina

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As we see and hear about the devastation resulting from Hurricane Katrina we are each compelled by our concern for others to take action and help. The Rex Foundation wants to do its part.

In this immediate period, emergency services are most needed to provide food, water, medical services, shelter, family support and the host of aid required to help the hurricane victims deal with their loss of loved ones and personal belongings. To this end, the major agencies such as the American Red Cross are at the scene. Each of us individually can all help right now by supporting this work and heeding calls to action from these agencies, such as donating blood to local blood banks.

As the emergency subsides, the recovery and healing begins. Over these next few months and beyond support will be needed to not only rebuild physical structures, but also restore the social and cultural connections that make a community vibrant and whole. It is in this area that the Rex Foundation will seek to help, with our traditionally grassroots oriented grant making. If you would like to support these efforts you can contribute online or by mail, specifically designating your donation for the Hurricane Katrina Recovery.

Thank you for your support of the Rex Foundation by connecting with us, attending our upcoming benefits and getting on board the Rex Community Caravan. Together, we are a philanthropic community that helps many grassroots programs do their much-needed work to support the arts, cultural survival, the environment, education, social and economic justice.

Seeking Book Donations
The New Orleans Public Library
(New Orleans LA)

The New Orleans Public Library is asking for any and all hardcover and paperback books for people of all ages in an effort to restock the shelves after Katrina. The staff will assess which titles will be  designated for its collections. The rest will be distributed to destitute families or sold for library fundraising. Please send your books to:

Rica A. Trigs, Public Relations
New Orleans Public Library
219 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112

If you tell the post office that they are for the library in New Orleans, they will give you the library rate which is slightly less  than the book rate.