Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Isn't This Where Corporate America Stands Up?

I know that all of us little guys are going to be sending money and clothes and anything we can to all areas hit by Katrina.

But isn’t this were Corporate America stands up and does something SELFLESS. Like why can’t the following happen in REAL life and not just the movies? I’m not and you’re not going to miss any of the items or services here for at least a month. But it will help our fellow Katrina Zone citizens survive:

  • Military – Determine where to set up drop zones and distribution points that will work within the next 24 hours. Like a MASH unit. Start setting up tent camps in the four cardinal points of the major cities hit. Fly in Air Force, Navy and Marines and needed items to help fed and cloth.

  • Coors, Budweiser, Pepsi, Coke, 7-UP and every other ‘drink’ company - Just start putting WATER into their drink containers, put them on the trucks that were going to deliver that to Las Vegas and elsewhere and get to the Katrina Zone NOW!

  • McDonald's, Wendy's, etc. – Start cooking and get that food into the air with FIRE & Military Helicopters that are currently NOT working somewhere.

  • FED EX & UPS – Get organized with church and school groups to collect and start shipping non-perishables -- clothes, shoes, etc. USE the internet for dispersing information.

  • ABC, NBC & CBS – Give up football and other sport broadcasting time this next 2 weeks to publicize where in our home town things are being organized and collected to help.

  • Wal-Mart, Lands End, REI, etc. – start shipping cloths, tents, etc. to predetermined Military bases within the next two days.

  • Johnson and Johnson, Procter and Gamble, etc. – start putting together emergency First Aid kits and start shipping them (See FED EX and UPS) to Katrina Zone.

  • Scenic Airlines and Helicopter Service and all other Helicopter Services. Get to the Zone and start delivering needed items. Somebody is going to miss a trip over the Grand Canyon, but they’ll just have to make it at another time.

  • Shell Oil, Exxon, etc. - start filling up those tanks for anybody delivering items to the Katrina Zone. You figure it out.

What am I forgetting? If this was a movie, these companies would be paying for placement of their name in this disaster movie. Why can’t they (WE) stand up and make this happen NOW? And if this CAN'T happen now, WHY not? Because it won't get free publicity? It won't be 'organized' enough? God forbid we try to only get water and clothing to people in just one or two organized formats.

While I understand the Red Cross has a great way to organize and deliver stuff to people, aren't they having a bit of a problem? And isn't this just bigger than anything they have ever handled? Are we supposed to wait for them to cry for help? Divide responsibility and conqueor the area. Thousands of lives are depending on us NOT being perfect and in control of every bit of how this is done.


Blogger amanda said...

hey kim and luna---WE MADE IT!!! and we now have electricity. sweet sigh of relief. and you are absolutely right about corporate america. there are thousands of refugees in my city now, living in dorms at lsu, in the civic center, you name it. people are desperately in need of hygiene products---seems like they are getting some food/water brought in but still need other day to day essentials!

9:32 PM  
Anonymous Becky said...

Amen Kim! You said it! I can tell you know something about marketing there...

I need to go buy a newspaper tonite an d see if our county has a drop off spot for used clothing, can goods, etc.

This feels so sureal I can tell you. And I keep thinking, by a sheer miss this could have been me... and still might since hurricane season isn't over. I hope to heavens we have no more major hits on the gulf coast this summer. This area can't take any more!

We also need a mad scientist to figure out how to stop these monsters...

keep the inspiring posts coming girl.

1:45 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Thank you, Kim, for voicing what I have been saying every day. I cannot freaking understand why more help hasn't made it's way to these desperate people. Thanks, Bush, for your fly by at 10,000+ feet. Very helpful. You could have seen better pictures on CNN.

12:47 PM  
Blogger strikemyheart said...

i totally agree, it's insane how everyone can just sit there and sympathize and worry and complain when they should really be doing something to help, and it's really so simple. There's Corporate America for you...

also wanted to tell you i have made some changes to my blog... and to say hi.. haven't talked to you in forever. how's luna? hope you are both happy, despite the country's current tribulations.


9:16 PM  

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