Thursday, September 01, 2005

Remembering the forgotten men and women

Today and tomorrow are Blog for Relief days for victims of Hurricane Katrina. I’d like to use my little slice of the blogosphere to talk about what is typically a forgotten group of people in times of disaster.

The photograph above shows prisoners from New Orleans held on a highway overpass in the city. They have been evacuated and are awaiting transfer to other prison facilities in Louisiana. There is no place for them to escape; the highway under the overpass is flooded.

Over the next few days, the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola will receive more than 2,500 inmate evacuees from other prisons in devastated areas, and it is already placing a strain on their resources. Specifically, they are in need of personal hygiene items, shoes, and bedding. Awana is a children’s ministry and had an event scheduled for next Saturday at Angola that would have united inmates with their children for a day. Awana has postponed that event and has turned its focus to meeting the needs of the inmates themselves.

Awana is collecting funds to supply inmates with the above mentioned items. You can find out more and make a donation by visiting the Awana web site.

1 comment:

Helen said...

Thank you for thinking about these who are also suffering.