We tried to go help in alabama, and were chased off everywhere we tried to go. The housing manager of one government housing project told us that “these people are poor, they’ll take anything you give them, they don’t need you’re help”. (so…help the rich people? because…they need it?) the police told us that we couldn’t volunteer without wristbands. And we couldn’t get wristbands that day, because…it was raining. Apparently people don’t need to eat in the rain?
We had all the supplies to feed thousands of meals, and were chased off so many times that alot of the food we brought in spoiled before we could feed it to anyone.
We tried plugging in thru the official channels in one town, and were treated like criminals. We came up and offered our help, and the first people who would talk to us were police officers who demanded IDs, and told us they had it under control and didn’t need any help from us.
We did find some wonderful people in Cullman who let us park on their lawn, and we fed for a day before their landlord came and kicked us out. We had a swarm of children all day helping us out and making juggling balls and drawing on the bus. Gave away chinese food, alfredo, and fruit smoothies all day. The neighborhood wasn’t badly damaged, but they’d been living without power for almost a week and were grateful for some entertainment and hot food. It was really great to see a neighborhood of people out of their houses, TVs off, having fun with their neighbors.
We are now in Missouri, headed west.
Also,-the paypal button finally works! it’s in the “contact/donate” link you see at the top of the page