Save Waveland, MS annihilated by Katrina! I’m driving home with supplies. See how you can help. And, if you have not made contact with family or close friends, let me know and I’ll see what I can do.


For the latest information on how you can donate directly to waveland, please visit my official Save Waveland entry.

Update 10/6/2005:  Fixed typo with date.  Thursday and Friday Oct 6 and 7 is the fundraiser.

Update 10/3/2005:   I’ve setup a PayPal account here.  Unfortunately, i can’t post the button directly on this page, because our blogging software strips the html needed to make the button work.  I’ve never done a PayPal thingy before, so please drop me a line how you want us to use the money.  We could also use some gas money, wink wink.  =)

Saving Waveland the only way I know how…

The Grand Plan Overview

Saturday, Oct 8, my husband Kyle and I are going to drive down to Waveland to accomplish the following tasks:

  1. Donate my husband’s truck (’92 Chevy Blazer) to whoever needs it the most (Fire Dept, Animal Control Services, etc.)  
  2. Drive to the major gathering areas of the town (hospitals, red cross areas, etc), put a big sign on top of the truck “Seattle loves Waveland” and start handing out as many clothes, shoes, toiletries, etc that we could fit in the truck.  We’re currently looking for a small camper or pop-up trailer (something really cheap and light-weight) to pull down there to donate.
  3. Look for the family or friends of people who have contacted me via this blog.  Given how this blog has become a message board for lost family and friends of Waveland, I’m using this opportunity to make a difference.

The Fundraiser

On Thursday and Friday (Oct 6 and 7), several coworkers and I are setting up a booth in the building 40 / 41 cafeteria between 11:30am – 1:30pm.  (Updated 10/3/2005: I’ve gotten a green light from the cafe to use a table.)  We’ll have photos of Waveland, before and after, and the USA Today font-page banner article.

We’re accepting both money and items.  You can also donate via PayPal!

We will host a bake sale and give out balloon animals for donations.  Monetary donations will be taken to Value Village to purchase clothing that we’ll distribute in one of the major gathering areas.

We’re looking for donations of the following (note: items are being added on a daily basis)

  • Cleaning supplies – the number one demand!
  • Underwear (numerous pairs in sealed plastic bags)
  • Socks (numerous pairs in sealed plastic bags)
  • Bras
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Baseball caps / hats
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, Listerine, dental floss, etc
  • Containers for dentures, retainers, nightguards, etc.
  • Deodorant, baby powder, etc.
  • Hair products, especially mousse or hair gel that is for dry or sun damaged hair
  • Electric razors for men
  • Clothing – mostly shorts and t-shirts (remember, it is 90 degrees down there)
  • Jeans
  • Wallets, Purses
  • That old portable CD Player you haven’t used in years
  • CDs, Music, etc!  (I doubt many people have working mp3 players, so CDs will work best)
  • Recent Magazines that you’ve read and are about to toss into the recycling bin
  • Drinks, Diet Drinks, Red Bull drinks (and some red bull sugar free ones too)
  • Snickers and Powerbars, etc.
  • Tools for repairing roofs, like, hammers, wonder tools, gloves, charged cordless drills, crow bars, etc.,
  • Small toys for children

And a small light-weight camper or pop-up trailer =) 

My mom said that the biggest thing they need right now in Waveland are people to come down and help with cleaning, moving  damaged items onto the street, working on roofs – lost of physical labor.  If you know of anyone considering going down there to help, please pass the word on.

I’ll also write on my car “Donate Directly to Katrina Victims – Contact SaraF@microsoft.com” and see how much email traffic that generates.

Let me know if you haven’t talked to your family or close friends yet

If you haven’t talked to your family or close friends yet, please click here to use this form to send me an email and the information I am requesting.

If you want to help…

If you are at Microsoft, stop by the 40/41 cafeteria this week.  If you are not a fellow Microsoftie, but want to help, drop me a line at saraf@microsoft.com and we’ll figure something out.

Comments (9)

  1. Heather says:

    Myself and another have been doing relief work in Ocean Springs, MS for about a month. According to a sample statistic, Ocean Springs only has about 9% "demolition" or clean-up work left! It’s incredible really. So, now we are considering focusing our efforts in Waveland. Do you know whether or not the Lutheran Disaster Response is doing any work there? This is the organization that we hooked-up with in the beginning and if at all possible would enjoy staying with, but regardless we feel now we would be needed in Waveland.

    Keep up the good work & God bless!

    Always, Heather

  2. Bob Pierce says:

    I imagine that you already know that Christian Life Church is the main relief center in the K-Mart parking lot in Waveland. I know that many other churches have also joined them in the relief efforts and are accomplishing God’s work in a magnificent way. They have a very well organized effort with 3-4000 meals being prepared on site daily, 800-1000 clients receiving clothing and supplies daily, and medical care. Heartland Church from Rockford, IL has been focusing on the clothing distribution and Willow Creek Church of North Barrington, IL has partnered with Heartland to supply a huge 12-13000 square foot tent to protect and organize the clothing distribution.

    Thank you for your caring and giving heart–you are making God proud!!!

    Bob Pierce

  3. steve arnold says:

    Coming in 03-09-06 with 10 people to rebuild St. Mark’s church in Wavelead & we need a drywaller and a carpenter. Please,  if you know any drywallers or Carpenter’s…Were in need. Contact Steve at  @ gocow@aol.com or call 858-518-2002. Adopt-A-Church.com Thank You.

  4. steve arnold says:

    Coming in 03-09-06 with 10 people to rebuild St. Mark’s church in Wavelead & we need a drywaller and a carpenter. Please,  if you know any drywallers or Carpenter’s…Were in need. Contact Steve at  @ gocow@aol.com or call 858-518-2002. Adopt-A-Church.com Thank You.

  5. steve arnold says:

    Coming in 03-09-06 with 10 people to rebuild St. Mark’s church in Wavelead & we need a drywaller and a carpenter. Please,  if you know any drywallers or Carpenter’s…Were in need. Contact Steve at  @ gocow@aol.com or call 858-518-2002. Adopt-A-Church.com Thank You.

  6. Barb Hinkkanen and Jamie Munger says:

    Let’s keep this going!  Waveland needs $16M to get $170M is federal money.  Anyone have any ideas?

  7. saraford says:

    So, um, why does waveland need money to get federal money?

  8. A coworker’s family was hit hard by Katrina. She’s collecting donations in our cafeteria today and tomorrow.