This came out of the extensive posts, outrage, heartfelt requests for help, and general interest in supporting our members who have gone through this hurricane. We will email members in the affected areas, asking if they could use a little bit of cash to get through the next little while. If they respond in the affirmative, they'll be placed on the list for donations. All of the money raised through this campaign will be split amongst members on the list. We will either buy them a gift card for an expense they'd prefer (gas, groceries, Home Depot, etc.) or send them cash, depending on how much money we're talking about and the logistics of both options.
Please keep in mind that these members likely have nothing - no home, no clothes, no albums, little food - and are facing a very, very long rebuilding process. Several members are hosting other locals who have nowhere else to go, and are providing food/generators/housing to those people out of their own pocket. We're trying to put our money where our mouth is - we are able to wax poetic on all things political, technological, inane, and beautiful - but the most beautiful thing would be to support each other in these most trying of times. I know times are tight for all of us. But part of being a community is pitching in when it's needed most, and this may be one of those moments when doing something small like this will make a big difference to those receiving it.
I picked $2,000 USD as a number which may or may not be reached, and may or may not be appropriate depending on how many people request help. I will post more as we have more information, but I felt it was imperative to start the process of collecting funds sooner rather than later, as we are more likely to give when the need seems greatest.
Please give what you can. If you don't use PayPal, email me (fionab2 at hotmail dot com) and we'll figure something else out. Thanks in advance for your support, and let me know if you have any questions.