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Convoy Update

September 3, 2005

I just got off the phone with my boss, who headed up the impromptu convoy that left for Baton Rouge on Friday afternoon.  The outpouring of donations from our coworkers and others around the Austin area was truly humbling.  The wife and I alone spent more than $300 on provisions – everything from trail mix to tampons – and everyone else seemed to do the same. 

By the time the convoy departed, the three fifteen-foot U-Haul trucks were filled to the brim.

Arriving in Baton Rouge, they met up with the right person who knew the right person (Todd has a knack for doing this), and managed to deliver food and other necessities to a shelter that was on its last legs, mere hours from running out of the last of their food despite pleas to the Red Cross, FEMA, and the National Guard.

I am sure there will be many more stories once they return to Austin, and I will do my best to post them up here for all to read.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 4, 2005 6:08 pm

    Matt,
    If you ever get a chance, read “The Rift”. To make long story short, a major earthquake happens along the Mississippi. Major flooding and disastee ensue. It is a little over the top in an action sense, but gives a great depiction to what happens to small southern rural communitities when disaster strikes and the are cut off from the world. Spooky how easy it would be for scoiety to run amuck beind powerful, charasmatic, dfriven leaders.

    It is especially spooky in it’s description of what happens in a major flood (I was almost finished reading this when the tsunami hit Thailand)

  2. September 4, 2005 7:18 pm

    this goes without saying, but the convoy is so very honorable. Together we will all pull through this as a country. I have heard so many stories of generosity here in Dallas, and it certainly appears as if this is taking place everywhere.

  3. September 5, 2005 12:44 am

    I’m glad to hear that the convoy was able to a shelter. It is a wonderful thing that was accomplished and everyone should be proud.
    A bigger challenge/question is still if front of our country and I ask it to all of us….why do we wait for tragedy to strike to try and make a difference. Shouldn’t this be part of our lifelong plan? I know as a Christian, I have not always had this mindset….I am going to change that. I challenge everyone who reads this blog to do the same
    – Get to know your neighbors, build positive relationships
    – Give (time, money or both) to a worthy cause. Be it your church, a charity or whatever will make the world a better place
    – Get involved in your community
    _ Do something to brighten somebody else’s life
    – At the end of every day literally look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself, “did I make a difference today?”

    I’m sorry for getting on my soapbox, but horrific, tragic events such as this seem to bring out the best in a lot of people and that is truly wonderful. After a while, however, people go back to the way they were, and that is the real tregedy.

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