Friday September 19, 2008
He urges citizens, churches to help others with storm cleanup
Help a neighbor remove a downed tree. Help a neighbor haul away debris. Help your neighbor repair a busted fence.
Those are some of the ways Mayor Jerry Abramson is urging Louisville residents to reach out to their family, friends and neighbors this weekend as the city recovers from the massive windstorm, one of the worst the community’s history.
Abramson has declared Saturday and Sunday “Neighbor Helping Neighbor” weekend – and he’s urging residents to take time to lend a hand to others.
He’s also asking churches and synagogues to mobilize clean-ups crews or to take up special collections to help the city’s strapped social services agencies, such as Dare to Care food bank, the American Red Cross and the various homeless shelters.
“There are many neighborhoods in this community still without electricity – but there are very few people who don’t have the power to help others,” Abramson said.
Abramson and a crew of Brightside volunteers will spend Saturday morning cutting and removing a large tree that fell down at the home of an elderly Hikes Point resident.
Several churches have already been reaching out to neighbors by holding potlucks for those without power. Others are planning to take up special offerings on Sunday, including having members bring grocery cards to put in the offering plate. Those grocery cards will, in turn, be given to people who have run out of food and have no money to buy more.
“I’ve never been more proud to be a Louisvillian than this week when, even in the face of serious adversity, I’ve seen neighbors reaching out to help neighbors,” Abramson said. “This can-do attitude is what makes Louisville a unique, special place.”
Ways you can help
- If you have electricity, invite neighbors over for a meal or take them a warm dish.
- Loan your neighbor a chainsaw
- Lend your truck to a neighbor who is clearing debris. Offer to drive it to the city’s 10 free debris drop-off sites.
- Check in on neighbors, especially the elderly or disabled
- Help your neighbors with debris removal and house repairs.
- Donate blood to the Red Cross
- Donate to the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund american.redcross.org
- Donate or volunteer with Dare to Care food bank www.daretocare.org
- Put a grocery gift certificate in the communion plate at your place of worship.
- Donate to the Louisville Salvation Army www.uss.salvationarmy.org/louisville