Donell Williams: Stop blame game and get aid there



I’m writing today because Wednesday was very hectic, and I didn’t get a chance to sit down and write my column this week.

Since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, my college friends, teachers and the people they work with have been emailing me and saying how President Bush is to blame. On CNN yesterday, the Republicans were blaming the Democrats for the lack of response. The Democrats were blaming the Republicans.

Here’s a new thought. Stop blaming everyone and try to do something to help even if it’s a donation to the Red Cross. My mom told me a week ago, “If everyone in Dallas would give $1 to the Red Cross, that’s $5 million.”

Stop telling me how Bush caused all the chaos by cutting funding to Federal Emergency Management Agency by 50 percent, or that the federal assistance to New Orleans to reenforce the levee. Yes all this happened, but there is virtually nothing that can be done in hindsight. There’s an old saying “Hindsight is 20/20.”

Go to the Salvation Army distribution center and help sort clothes. Give canned goods. Do something rather than complain. If the most you can do is give $1 to the Red Cross, then do it.

Here in Corsicana, volunteers are needed at the distribution center to unload trucks and sort clothes. All the sorting clothes requires is to take the clothes from one place and put them in another box. If you don’t want to do that, then maybe bring a case of water to the distribution center for the volunteers. I’m sure they’d be grateful. Even if you can’t do much. The littlest gesture can be as important as one of the police officers that are in New Orleans evacuating the last amount of people.

I plan to do as much as I can, and I encourage everyone else to do something as well. The Dallas and Houston distribution centers are full, and everything is being sent here. Volunteers are needed to process those supplies.

I’m just tired of the blame game. When I came to Corsicana, I knew there are good people here. Now is our chance to show the country how many good people there are in Corsicana.

We need to band together as a community and focus on helping as many people as possible by getting this distribution center going.

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Donell Williams is a Daily Sun staff writer. She may be contacted via e-mail at dwilliams@corsicanadailysun.com.

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