“Eyes on the Prize”

(A Docudharma first! Promoting two essays at once! Please see Nightprowlkitty’s essay directly below. – promoted by buhdydharma )

On NightProwlKitty‘s diary, “I’m not waiting on the government to give me nothing”


tahoebasha3 posted a comment about a group named NENA (The Lower Ninth Ward Neighborhood Empowerment Network Association) that is part of the effort to rebuild the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans. The organization is under the auspices of Lower 9th Ward residents. Tahoebasha3 posted NENA’s telephone number.

I called and the woman who answered the phone later told me she was President of Lower Ninth Ward Homeowner’s Association. She was handling the phones while everyone else went to lunch. I’m still a little bit overwhelmed by our conversation, so this essay will be brief. I was told that the majority of the people NENA helped were senior citizens. We exchanged emails and plan to stay in touch. I thank everyone who blogs on this issue, it’s because of you that I made this simple phone call.

NENA’s priority needs are:

1.) Building Materials: nails to studs to wire.

2.) Money

3.) Gift Cards from: Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, Win Dixie Food Stores, Dollar General, Family Dollar  

Send to:


PO Box 3920

New Orleans, Louisiana 70177

“If it wasn’t for the people who call us, we wouldn’t be as advanced as we are.

It’s the thought, you know?”

~~Linda Jackson


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    • kj on January 31, 2008 at 19:05

    to my grocery bill, okay?

    • pfiore8 on January 31, 2008 at 19:13

    another act that penetrates my heart and gives me hope.

    i love you kj.

    • kj on January 31, 2008 at 19:56

    Most grocery stores have a rack of gift cards either in the store, or right in the checkout line.  How easy is it to add a $10, $15, $25 dollar card to the overall bill?  We may be broke, but we’re still eating. There are people who are broke and they’re not eating.  There are people who need the plastic tarp wrap and duct tape that some of us were laughing about the other day. How hard is it to add a $10 gift card to help buy that plastic?  A blanket?  A couple of cans of soup?

    Not hard at all.

    • Edger on January 31, 2008 at 20:24

    • Tigana on January 31, 2008 at 20:44


    A Class and Flash eBay type sale of your unwanted goods might raise a lot of money for NOLA. Have a look at Missionfish.org.  

    • KrisC on January 31, 2008 at 21:49

    Have you written about this at Dkos?  The response would prolly be astounding.  

    Pretty Bird Woman House‘ was a huge success.  The more coverage the better…never hurts anyway!

    Next time I get to the store-this weekend, I’ll get a card or two, thanks for the info and the reminder!


    • RiaD on January 31, 2008 at 23:16

  1. about how we can help those who continue to suffer in NO.

  2. We received a donation of 2,500 in $20 gas cards right before we went down– we handed them off to the caseworkers as soon as we got there… the catch was, they were going to expire in 5 days.

    You know what? The caseworkers had run out of them inside of a day.

  3. So, like me, you probably have to pay the mortgage tomorrow.  Or soon.  Anyway, could it hurt to write a check to NENA for say $20 or $30 or $50 when you send out the mortgage?  Fact is you won’t even feel it.  And it will really help out.  So that’s my plan.  Join me, please!  

    • kj on February 1, 2008 at 01:18

    keep debating whether or not i should mention Docudharma when i get back in touch with Linda Jackson, or should we just let our gifts shower down like soft rain on hard ground?

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