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2005-08-31 02:24:43 PM  
What I'm looking at is...

You Made A Payment Secure Transaction

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Payment Information

You have sent a secure payment of $500.00 USD for the items below. This credit card transaction will appear on your bill as "PAYPAL *DEFINITIONC". You will receive an email receipt for this transaction shortly.

Amount: $500.00 USD
Shipping & Handling: $0.00 USD
Item Number: 08282005b
Item Title: Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund

Quantity: 1
Total Amount: $500.00 USD

Contact Information

Business Name:
Kevin McDonald
Contact Email:

I'll repeat that for the hard of reading..

Shipping & Handling: $0.00 USD

0 bucks for S & H so I hope it all gets through.
2005-08-31 02:24:59 PM  
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A picture is worth.....well, four words in this case.
2005-08-31 02:25:37 PM  
Petit_Merdeux: You're joking right? You're dead ringer for David Brent from "The Office".

Ah...I never got to watch that. After this is over I'll have to look it up. :-)
2005-08-31 02:27:46 PM  
spookcomix: Who's David Brent? GIS
2005-08-31 02:33:12 PM  
I donated, and set up a link to from our website.

Hope it helps...
2005-08-31 02:33:15 PM  
Here is the compaison for Americares..

http://Charity Compaison

They get the absolut HIGHEST RATING and look at the teeny tiny sliver used for Admin stuff.
2005-08-31 02:36:34 PM  
Buzzboy, they all probably figure we can handle it on our own.. they were hardly appreciative when we helped with the tsunami fund...

/hasnt donated, but wants too
//payday rolls around on friday! :)
2005-08-31 02:36:37 PM  
Has any country or person outside the USA donated a single penny to the Red Cross or any other "Katrina" relief fund ?

This has been covered in every other thread about this disaster, and common sense should help you figure it out yourself. Your swimming pool analogy would be more accurate if the guy in the pool had more life preservers than he could use.

People tend to donate to people who need. Indonesia is an improvised country, so aid agencies there needed outside help, and the world gave. the US is not an impoverished nation. Between the Government and citizens, they can more than look after it. In the past the US has denied visas to rescue teams from other countries during disasters, on the grounds that they can handle it themselves.

If it ever turns out that the US faces a disaster it can't handle, there's no reason to think that other countries won't step up. Contrary to what you might read on these forums, the US has many allies, and many people in many countries like and respect it.

But to answer your question directly: Canada has offered aid, Venezuela have offered aid. Whether the US government take them up on the offers is another matter.
2005-08-31 02:41:09 PM  
I'm a poor college student, but I sent $10.

Thanks for the email reminder.
2005-08-31 02:41:52 PM  
Update: We've exceeded the $3500 mark. That's well over $2k in less than an hour!

$3000 of the donations have been transmitted to Americares. There are links on the site where you can view my confirmation emails, including a confirmation number from Americares. Call them with that number if you have any concerns about whether or not this is a scam.

I'm going to be out of my office for a couple of hours, but I'll update the page and this thread when I return.

Thank you all so much!
2005-08-31 02:44:29 PM  
That was easy.
2005-08-31 02:46:00 PM  
I sincerely hope that if paypal is being used to make donations that they waive their fees.

Keep up the good work guys!
2005-08-31 02:47:55 PM  
You build your city in a bowl below sea level and you expect sympathy?!

No, they built their city in a bowl with an enormous natural harbor, giving access to both the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River. The result is an enormously important entry point to the entire country, shuffling billions of dollars in goods.

They didn't do it for the hell of it. That was Vegas. :)
2005-08-31 02:54:32 PM  
Proud to be a Farker today.

Thanks spookcomix .

That truly was easy. My prayers are with everyone in the Gulf Coast.
2005-08-31 02:56:44 PM  
I just donated $10... not much.. but I'm unemployed. Still better off than the people the money will help though..
2005-08-31 03:02:26 PM  
Not that we really need the money but it is an interesting barometer of world opinion and attitude toward us. Apparently we are less popular than the Indonesians thus far.

It has nothing to do with popularity, and everything to do with wealth.

Aid is given to poor countries. You are rich, you can afford to fix this.

Or did I miss the memo about the United States transforming from richest, most powerful nation in the world to charity case?

But if it makes you feel any better, sure, hang on a minute...
...there. Now at least one nasty foreigner has donated a few bucks. You're welcome.
2005-08-31 03:04:18 PM  
I just started school on Monday, I'm going to talk to my classmates and see if we can maybe chip in a few bucks or something.

Seeing as the school I'm attending happens to be Fire Academy, I think we should support our brave colleagues who are working almost 24/7 to rescue people.
2005-08-31 03:06:05 PM  
anyone know what happened to keseler afb and also jefferson davis's house?
2005-08-31 03:06:33 PM  
Right on, Dansker!
2005-08-31 03:09:02 PM  
I gave to Salvation Army this time around, but have given to AmeriCares more than once in the past. They are as fine an organization as there is in this sorry-ass world, and your dollars would be well-spent there.

You're a good man, spookcomix!
2005-08-31 03:10:27 PM  
Major Thomb: Why donate when it's just going to be re-donated to somewhere else? Cut out the middle man and just go straight to the people that can provide the aid.

Spook is doing this because not everyone is near a local Red Cross or Salvation Army that can take their money. Some people don't have a credit card available to use online or don't feel comfortable using a credit card online.

PayPal is a nice alternative. The Red Cross and other places should do something like this.

Thank you to spookcomix for doing this.

BTW, if anyone has any information the would like to post related to the aftermath of Katrina... whether they are an evacuee, a loved one in search of information about a loved on in an affected area, PLEASE feel to post in the forum I am running here.

I've talked to spook and he has the forum linked on his donation page.

I will try to update information as best I can with important information. Offers for shelter and a place to stay are accepted. If you need a place or know someone who needs a place to stay, please post as well. If you have heard from a loved on in an affected area, please post that information as well. If you can, give conditions on eletrical power status, building structure status, phone service status, etc. People who are reading up on information online may be able to let their loved ones who are evacuated know of conditions at home and help others who haven't heard from loved ones yet get a better idea on what's going on in a certain area.

Per a suggestion from another fark user, I have added a section for relocation and job information. Some people have completely lost everything, including their job and insurance and assistance won't cover everything. If you can help or know someone who can or have suggestions, please post.

Some of this information might not get to victims first hand, but family and friends will be able to help relay information when their loved one finally reaches them by phone, etc.

We've had some posts so far. Please share information if you have it on anything that can help. Cross-post links to other sites that would have helpful information, etc.

If you can't donate but can provide information, it can help out a lot!

THANK YOU spook for all you are doing. Some of this is going to be on our local news tonight as I was able to talk to one of the reporters and am trying to help spread the word about how people can help and exchange information.
2005-08-31 03:11:08 PM  
2005-08-31 03:06:46 PM xmlionheart
fark them. Why? Because, one, they're getting relief from my tax money anyway (against my will), and two, they voted for Bush.

Rationalize your asshattery anyway you wish, but be advised...New Orleans is more donkey than elephant (if that sort of thing matters so much to you).
2005-08-31 03:12:46 PM  
I just donated $50... it's the least I can do
2005-08-31 03:14:46 PM  
2005-08-31 01:50:50 PM Major Thomb
Why donate when it's just going to be re-donated to somewhere else? Cut out the middle man and just go straight to the people that can provide the aid.
2005-08-31 03:23:07 PM  
As an evacuee from Kenner, I would like to thank those that are contributing.

Unlike most of the people you are seeing on TV, I probably won't need the help. My family and I are fortunate to have insurance and the ability evacuate. I also still have a job. I have been speaking with quite a few people who not only no longer have homes, but also don't have jobs in New Orleans. Many are out right now looking for and finding jobs in their temporary homes.

You should be able to see that many of the people left are very poor. You can tell from their homes. Most of the people you are seeing walking the streets are leaving a housing project.

As for the wisdom of living in a bowl. Yes, we all new this was possible, that's why 80% of us left.

Why do we live there? I of course, can't answer for everyone, but I live there becasue I love it. I just hope we are able to rebuild.

I have not been able to read any of the threads from the storm, but I am sure they are the usual from Fark, a few idiots, plenty of good natured joking, and a mass of concerned and empathetic people.

I don't post a lot on Fark, but lurk all of the time.

I am hoping other NO farkers are OK.
2005-08-31 03:24:03 PM  
i just emptied my paypal account for them.
i'm still worried sick about the people I know down there, one in particular. I really hope you're okay, Cryssie.
2005-08-31 03:26:44 PM  
jeffy: Raven77

The eventual charity is, but i am NOT giving my money to an intermediary.

I trust the organization, I don't trust OR see the need for people to set up their own middle collection agency.

it's rediculous, FOOLISH, and naive. I applaud the effort, but please give directly to the suggested organizations.

The Red Cross
America Cares

Yes, but spook isn't twisting anyone's arm to donate through his website. He is also linking other places to donate directly to. He is offering the PayPal alternative because the major sites DON'T offer that as a form of payment. Not everyone has a credit card or feel comfortable using their credit card directly online. PayPal can take directly from your checking or savings account and it is a little safer in some respects.

Donate how you see fit.

BTW, Fark/Drew would NOT have this greenlit for the main page if he felt this was not legit.
2005-08-31 03:29:43 PM  
otterpopdotorg: i just emptied my paypal account for them.
i'm still worried sick about the people I know down there, one in particular. I really hope you're okay, Cryssie.

Go to the forum link I posted above. Make a request for information on the area your friend is from or where they might have been heading if they went for shelter or another evac place. Maybe someone has heard something about the conditions and what is going where she is. At least it might give you a little bit more piece of mind and stuff.
2005-08-31 03:30:17 PM  
Hey, I got a thought - charity TotalFark. Make a TotalFark membership drive where Drew gives half of the membership fees from new signups within the drive to the NO relief.
2005-08-31 03:39:49 PM  
Loot. There It Is.
2005-08-31 03:44:41 PM  
Can we please not get our panties all in a wad over this?

Americares is first rate.

spookcomix is legit (because Sweater Girl says he is). Consider him a marketer for Americares. What he gets, they get, but without him, you might know about them.

The Red Cross has plenty of faults, but they do what they do on a far, far larger scale than anyone else.

Salvation Army is a good alternative, if you can overlook the fact that they actually believe in God.

Give to someone. This disaster is mindboggling huge.
2005-08-31 03:48:25 PM  
There's another $15 for the cause. I'll make the reseller I'm taking out tonight pay for his own drinks tonight. :)
2005-08-31 03:55:58 PM  
I'm back, and I've got 64 more payments to process and update on the site. Bear with me...
2005-08-31 04:08:52 PM  
Yeah, just do something to help if you don't want to donate here. Just STFU and quit yer biatchin'! ;)

And to those saying New Orleans doesn't deserve it, etc. - It wasn't just New Orleans! Turn on the news... read a paper or a link. A large section of our country is totally farked up. Just do what you can, please.
2005-08-31 04:14:40 PM  
Donated $100 directly to Red Cross (did not get a chance to check the thread earlier). They need the money more than the DVD's or CD's I was thinking about buying. Keep it up everybody!!!
2005-08-31 04:17:47 PM  
Update: We've almost hit $5000. That's easily over $3500 in the last 2.5 hours, primarily from Farkers. You guys are incredible!

I'm going through the posts above to catch up and reply...
2005-08-31 04:22:30 PM  
Donated my $150 through this. Thanks a lot for the paypal option, it's a lot easier for me doing it that way. I'm sure you've heard this already, but you're doing a good thing, spookcomix.
2005-08-31 04:23:08 PM  
MBA_Honey: I sincerely hope that if paypal is being used to make donations that they waive their fees.

Me too. They did last time, but they're balking this time. I'm still prodding at them, though. If they absolutely refuse, I'll make it up out of my own pocket. I've promised that every penny that is donated will be sent, and it will.

phoxxy: Some of this is going to be on our local news tonight as I was able to talk to one of the reporters and am trying to help spread the word about how people can help and exchange information.

If you end up with a link to your news outlet's web site if they cover the story, please email it to me!
2005-08-31 04:28:35 PM  
spookcomix: If they absolutely refuse, I'll make it up out of my own pocket.

You could always threaten to goto the press with their refusal. Nothing says PR nightmare like refusing to help out disaster victims.
2005-08-31 04:31:20 PM  
Beli Tsar: You could always threaten to goto the press with their refusal. Nothing says PR nightmare like refusing to help out disaster victims.

That sounds like fun. I'll do that if they don't cave in on their own.

Update: We've broken the $5k mark and are well on our way to $6k!
2005-08-31 04:35:18 PM  
... My mother is in South Korea for the Red Cross. She's spent the past few days scrambling like mad to get the frantic troops from the Katrina-area there home to their displaced families.

I just wanted to share that the Red Cross isn't all bad.

And spook? You're amazing. Thank you so much.

Keep giving, everyone, no matter where you decide to give it.

I'm sad that my first return post after months of silence has to be on a disaster, but it's beautiful to find this here on Fark today. Thank you all.
2005-08-31 04:36:28 PM  
spookcomix: If you end up with a link to your news outlet's web site if they cover the story, please email it to me!

I will definitely post it. They get a little behind sometimes and it might not post until tomorrow, but I'll still put it here.

Just spoke to some people at my daughters' school. One teacher had questions about hosting a family or doing a local fundraiser to help raise funds that kids, teachers and parents could get involved with.

I'll probably update my site with a fundraiser section so people can post fundraisers and donation drives in their local area that people can participate in.

One of the parents at the school has family from Miss, they are in California at the moment but there is no word on what the conditions are where they are from. She was interested in the site. She also teaches over here at Purdue University and will pass on the link to students or anyone who might be looking for information.

I'm still combing sites and such and will put posts and updates with information as soon as they come in so you guys have more information you can pass on.
2005-08-31 04:37:41 PM  
Current Total: $5,406.33 from 172 individual donors!



Go team!
2005-08-31 04:52:17 PM  
spookcomix: frenchy128: you've all been duped... I'd be surprised if any of that money actually makes it to any victims..

Well, $3000 of it has already made it to Americares, if that makes any difference.

PS. If you don't believe it, call them yourself. The confirmation numbers for the first two donations are posted on the site.
2005-08-31 04:53:55 PM  

I don't have any money I can donate, but I am an EMT. If anyone knows of any orginizations which need skilled hands and have some contact info please post it here or email me at (noe dot robert dot more) that is a gmail account.

Take a look at Northwest Medical Teams. They are an amazing outfit, not only highly rated by the charity monitors but turning out remarkable numbers of medical volunteers. It's a lot like Doctors Without Borders, but based in Oregon rather than France. They might be able to use another EMT, esp. for a domestic crisis like this.

2005-08-31 05:17:56 PM  
Update: We just broke $6k. :-D
2005-08-31 05:19:26 PM  
As one of the "lucky" ones here in MS I want to thank everyone who has donated anything, even if it is just thoughts and prayers. Even as far north as we are (about 50 miles north of I-20) devastation is apparent here too. We just got power and internet access back today but parts of town are still without some or both. It is amazing what a little wind and rain can do. I can't even imagine what the coast looks like (no local TV stations back on yet and cable is still out too). Not sure I want to see as I used to live there. Good luck to all of you FL, AL, MS and LA Farkers that have been affected.

/Thanks spook!
//If anyone has a spare gallon of milk, my kids would give you their piggy bank...
2005-08-31 05:37:20 PM  
$20 sent
2005-08-31 05:39:33 PM  
I just made my contribution. A little goes a long way. Thanks for the link!
2005-08-31 05:40:06 PM  

Could you please post what you do know and the conditions at least where you are and places near on the Katrina Info Exchange Forum that I am hosting?

I know some people who are just getting the link to the forum now and who are wondering about places in MS as they have family there and haven't heard from them them yet. (One is from my daughters' school and we have a local university that has a lot of students and some might be from your area and haven't heard anything yet.)

Your information might help give them some piece of mind or at least quell their worry just a bit if you are near their area.
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