Houma Newstand. All papers bemoan the Spill May 2010
As many of you know, I have been collecting donations in my Etsy shop for Gulf Coast Oil Spill assistance. I first chose Matter of Trust, the wonderful group of people out of San Francisco who recycle hair and stocking into boom to soak up the oil from our fragile waters. I contacted Matter of Trust about how I could better assist their group, seeing as BP was not agreeing to take the boom. John Thurston, from Matter of Trust asked me to go down to Grand Isle and hand out the money. So I did. Well I tried to but see Grand Isle was deserted due to the OIL and the BP lock down on the beaches. So I headed over to Houma Nation Headquarters where I had been once before. No one was home there either.
So I have been trying to find a way to help the Indian tribes that have so far been through enough due to Katrina, Ivan,Ike and Gustav. Finally I got in touch with Chief Albert Naquin from the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha Indian tribe. You may remember that their tribe was completely wiped off of the barrier island they lived on for centuries in Katrina. And here is what he said: no (none, nada) money has found its way to ANY of the members of his tribe that work in the now defunct fishing factories that process the (forever lost)seafood when it comes inshore. Many of these families lived paycheck to paycheck in the first place and this oil spill has sent their tribe into even deeper trouble. So those of you who are weary of sending in donations to people you dont know or cannot be sure to help- well dont worry here is his email to send PAYPAL funds:
If you would like to send supplies- they are in desperate need of FOOD, sundries, etc, please email me at email@example.com and I will give you his information so you can send it directly to the tribe.
If you are local and want to donate, I will be going down there soon to assist so email me about that too. I am tired of sitting around wrenching about how this is going to screw up all of our lives forever on the gulf coast. The time to reach out is now.XXOOXX Kerry