Area efforts to help Gulf Coast residents whose lives have been turned upside down by Hurricane Katrina have ranged from money collected by school children to National Guardsmen helping to clear debris in New Orleans. All of it counts.
Last week, local monetary donations to the Red Cross and Salvation Army were approaching $200,000. SBC sent workers to help restore telephone service. Eleven AmerenUE linemen from Southeast Missouri are rotating into New Orleans every two weeks. Cape Girardeau's own 1140th Engineer Battalion is in New Orleans right now helping the city recover. Two camps, one in Kennett, Mo., and another in Benton, Mo., have been established in Southeast Missouri to house the hurricane refugees.
Hurricane Katrina has created needs that will continue for years. The work of helping these refugees has only begun.