Honor Walk Webcam!!!
|By: StormJunkie, 7:07 PM GMT on October 29, 2008||+2|
At some point the little guys and gals are going to have to take over and start making smart, real time, fiscally responsible decisions. Not only in relief efforts, but in all other aspects of our economy and government as well.
Live webcam of me Walking up the Arthur Ravenel Jr Bridge in Charleston, SC Saturday Nov 22nd at 2:30pm EST.
First off let me say thanks to everyone that joined us via the webcam for the Portlight presentation in Atlanta! I think I want to thank everyone that sponsored my eating of 16 Krystals Burgers. I know I want to thank everyone for letting me off at 16 as opposed to making me eat the whole 20!!!
Now for the Honor Walk...
My walk is going to consist of a walk up and down the Arthur Ravenel Jr Bridge (the Cooper River Bridge) and I am going to take the webcam along with me! I hope anyone that can will join me on the walk via the webcam and chat. If you are not taking part in the Honor Walk or have not committed to sponsoring someone, I am still looking for more sponsors in order to reach my goal! To sponsor me simply use the PayPal button above and note that it is for John's Honor Walk. If you would prefer not to use PayPal you can also mail a check to the address below made out to Portlight Strategies. For those that may not be aware, the Honor Walk fundraiser is being done in order to provide a Christmas Party and Presents for the children of Bridge City, Tx which was hit extremely hard by Hurricane Ike's storm surge.
Another great way to support our efforts is to get friends, family, and coworkers to join in the chat and webcam experience! So please pass the word along liberally!
Portlight Strategies has already delivered five truck loads of supplies to the Texas Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Ike. Over $200,000 worth of durable medical equipment was delivered to the disabilities community in Houston and approximately $50,000 worth of supplies was delivered to the outlying and forgotten communities. These communities included Bridge City, Winnie-Stowell, and Crystal Beach Texas. We also delivered 80 pizza's to the residents on Bolivar Peninsula.
As many know I have been scarce lately. Several reasons for this, the first being Paul and I have been pretty busy working on several projects. As many know, I am also preparing to be a father on December 3rd :~) Then as usual, it is coming to that time of year when I take my hiatus from the WU. I will still be around and provide updates on our relief efforts, but generally speaking I have to take some time for the family in the winter seeing as how I spend too much of it on here during The Season.
Anywho, ILwatcher did a great job with the update, so I'm just going to steal it for the blog...
I've been wondering about MIA SJ as well. Hope all is well with you and yours, stormjunkie.
As long as I'm here.... presslord is out of town for a few days but before he left he asked me to highlight the upcoming Honor Walk. The best way I can think to do that is to paste my original matching funds offer and hope that some different folks see and and decide to participate. Here's a post I made on the main blog on Nov 1.
Ah, I see that Press in the dress has gone back in the closet. Well done, press, you're a man of your word.
I've been thinking about how much fun I had helping to drive the UHaul from the back seat last weekend. I only had to yell for the slowpokes to get out of the passing lane a dozen times or so. I've been thinking about the folks "we" met while we were there and the folks who came on the chat while we were driving home telling us they'd heard about our visit and wanting us to know how much they appreciated the effort. These folks mainly wanted to say thanks for giving from the heart. One man who joined the chat also thanked us for not requiring paperwork or other bureaucratic overhead for accepting our relief supplies and hot pizzas. Yes, "we" were there. All of us.
I've been thinking about the fire chief from Bridge City who spoke to our camera for five minutes telling us about their experiences and their recovery efforts. It was the only five minutes in the six day trip that the chat room was silent. I've been thinking how wonderful grassroots efforts are and how a small group of caring individuals can make a tremendous impact if they put their hearts and minds to it.
I've also been thinking about the Portlight Honor Walk coming up on Nov 22. I've been thinking about the goal of the Honor Walk which is to raise another $30,000 and how it takes only 100 people raising $300 each to reach that goal. And, I've been thinking about how I can best support these efforts.
I've been reading some of the comments around the blogs where folks are working hard at collecting sponsors to support their walk. Some folks are finding it difficult in these economic times to reach that $300 commitment. I've decided that the best way for me to support this effort is to help support the walkers and to try to entice a few more participants to take part.
So... I will donate $5.00 to the Portlight Honor Walk for the first 100 sponsor forms that are turned in with at least $100 in pledges. Presslord and Mrs Presslord are going to match my donation dollar for dollar.
Anyone who hasn't already done so -- get a sponsor form at www.portlight.org . Ask your friends, coworkers, relatives, and neighbors to help you support this great cause and help me reach my goal (with the generous help of presslord) of adding another $1000 to the tally by getting at least $100 in pledges.
$100 instantly becomes $110 for the first 100 participants.
$300 becomes $310 and gets a t-shirt to the first 100 participants!
$30,000 gets us back to Texas!
Thanks IL and everyone else!
Ike Relief Update 10-29-08
On the first day we took supplies to Laura Cremans; who runs the Churches of Christ distribution center in the extremely hard hit Bridge City area. Some of the supplies we dropped off their included, kilz, moldicide, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, and toys. Many of the residents are living in tents, staying in hotels, or staying with friends. As Fire Chief Dickie Uzzle stated; "Ike spared no one; individuals, businesseses, and churches were all destroyed". After leaving Bridge City, we headed in to Houston to drop off supplies for the disabilities communities at a centralized distirbution center. In the heat of the moment, many in this community had to leave thier wheel chairs, walkers, and other medical supplies behind. This drop also included clinical supplies for a group that is operating health care clinics in many of the areas surrounding Houston.
The next morning we met billybadbird (Will Rainey) and Sharron Martin at the Chambers County distribution center. There we dropped off supplies for both Chambers County and the Bolivar Peninsula. These supplies included baby diapers, baby wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, two large boxes of socks, over 50 tents, items from Coleman, and new clothing. After dropping these supplies off we reloaded the truck with some of the supplies from the distribution center and delivered them to the Crystal Beach distribution center on the request of Sharrron Martin. Although Bolivar Peninsula is part of Galveston County, Sharron and the Chambers County group have worked very hard to get supplies out to areas of the Peninsula like High Island and Crystal Beach. Sharron stated "Galveston County was just not providing the supplies and the support that is needed out here, so we stepped in and are delivering what is needed to help this population begin to rebuild their lives."
The next leg of the trip was to repatriate Will Rainey. Will and most of his family have been life long residents of the Peninsula. Will's home and bird sanctuary was completely destroyed when Ike's surge punded the island for over 24 hours. His parents house, which sits on the back streets in Crystal Beach, faired a little better then Will's house but was still completely flooded and also sustained major structural damage. Will only knows life on the Island and when he was forced to leave the Island because of Ike; his only wish has been to get back to his home. Portlight Strategies along with the help of vortfix, beell, fwblinda, and several other bloggers, pulled together to bring Will home. He is staying on his parents land which is just a few blocks from the Crystal Beach distribution center. We have provided him with a tent, sleeping bag, air mattress, coleman stove, propane, tarps, clothes, shoes, solar shower, toiletries, food, water, first aid kit, bike, and many other items that will have him living as comortably as possible while he helps to get his island back on it's feet. He has also volunteered to help Sharron Martin and the Chambers County folks distribute supplies several days a week.
On Saturday we delivered over 80 pizza's to the Crystal Beach distribution center. We picked these Pizza's up at a CiCi's in the Houston area and then drove them out to Crystal Beach where the people could not have been happier to see us. Many folks asked who we were; where the pizza's came from, and thanked all of us for our generosity. It helped to brighten spirits a little even in light of all of the destruction this area faces. There will be no longer road to recovery then the one that is faced on Bolivar Peninusula. Many of the homes that survived were completely flooded and sustained significant structural damage.
There are several ways in which you can help Portlight continue to provide relief that is so desperately needed. Commiting to a monthly donation no matter how large or small will help us build a dependable revenue source enabiling us to continue to operate in the most efficient and effective manner possible. Another great way to help is to commit to being a part of the Portlight Honor walk. Learn more here: http://www.portlight.org/honorwalk.html One other great and very effective way to have a major impact on the works of Portlight is to pass our story along to friends, family, and colleagues! This is truly a critical way in which everyone can easily help out.
View previous Ike Relief updates here.
As Portlight moves forward we are working diligently to build a sustainable effort that will be able to help the forgotten people for years to come. Part of this effort includes the monthly donor program which will be critical to sustaining our current momentum. Please consider what you can give on a monthly basis. To engage in this program, simply donate through PayPal and in the comments section please state Monthly donation commitment OR mail a check to the address below and designate for Monthly donation program. You're help in sustaining this effort is not only desperately needed, but also greatly appreciated.
Portlight Strategies, Inc.
2043 Maybank Hwy.
Charleston, SC 29412
Or donate through PayPal.
Portlight Strategies, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit tax exempt organization founded in 1997 for the purpose of providing medical equipment and other services primarily to people with disabilities. This was also the host organization for the Spirit of ADA Torch relay which visited 24 cities in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. All funds will be transparently accounted for in a separate dedicated account and posted on Pat's blog and are a matter of public record through the organizations IRS Form 990 which can be reviewed at Charity Navigator or the IRS. For the last 6 years over 90% of all donated funds to this group have gone to direct program services. This can be verified at the South Carolina Secretary of State website: www.scsos.com...click Public Charities and then charity search....enter Portlight
Truck 1 with medical equipment for the disabilities community in and around Houston
Truck 2 has been delivered to Bridge City and Winnie; truck three plans under way now! Can't really figure out why anyone would want to see PRESS IN A DRESS; but if it gets the third truck to these areas on time, then I don't care why!!!
presslord! What an outstanding gen....ummm...man!
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Portlight Feeds Bolivar (StormJunkie)
fwblinda helping pass out CiCi's Pizza to the folks of Bolivar. Portlight.org in provided pizza's for the folks of Bolivar which have had to try and find food every day for the past five weeks.
billybadbirds old house (StormJunkie)
Billy surveying the damage at his house on the S end of Bolivar
The Kids... (StormJunkie)
Nothing really to say...Be a part of the Portlight.org Honor Walk if you can.
Pretty much what all of Bolivar looks like. What appears to be dark clouds in the background is actually smoke from the cattle farmers burning off their fields. The salt inundation killed most everything in the grazing fields.
Bolivar Peninsula- Ike Relief (StormJunkie)
Crystal Beach...Amazing the way some structures survived and yet so many were wiped clean.
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