Modern Pagans (like all good people) are rallying to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Here are a few of the more high-profile efforts.
“Officers of Avalon is collecting funds for those who have lost their homes and livelihood in New Orleans. All monies we receive will be forwarded to charity organizations helping to provide emergency aid to the survivors of this natural catastrophe. Help us make a difference! Give generously!” – Officers of Avalon is an organization representing Pagans who work as police officers and other professionals in the emergency services. The fund has already raised 2000 dollars in 24 hours.
“Earth Spirit Alliance has opened up its home and its land to refugees from Katrina. If you are someone who need shelter and a place to stay, or know someone who needs a place to stay until your or their home is opened back up, we are here.” – Lugal, Executive Director and the staff of Earth Spirit Alliance. Earth Spirit Alliance owns 50 acres of land in central Texas. For more info see this post.
“The Witches’ Voice, Inc. will donate 100% of all sponsorship payments received (both new and renewals) from September 1st. thru Samhain (Oct. 31st.) 2005 to emergency services providing aid for the victims of hurricane Katrina. We will detail all monies received and checks released on a weekly basis. Sponsorship is available to anyone that has a free Witchvox account and is logged in [click here to donate]. If you use this resource on a regular basis please consider giving back a little. Your donation is 100% tax deductible.” – The Witches Voice, the largest hub of Wiccan and Pagan resources on the Internet
“The people suffering from Hurricane Katrina are in the thoughts and prayers of all of us these days. If you are an evacuee and in need of housing or assistance, please feel free to contact us directly, firstname.lastname@example.org. We have several households in the pagan community who are willing to open their doors to those in need.” – RedSelchie, President, Red Hills Pagan Council (Tallahassee, Florida)
In a final note I think Dan Savage and Bradley Steinbacher from The Stranger have given the final word on the different (stupid) theories as to why New Orleans was devastated.