Dear Friends, Family, and fellow New Orleanians,
There is a rich tradition in Louisiana, a part of the culture which makes it uniquely "Louisianian" - the warm generosity of its people. We truly care about our community and about others.
We do not have to look too far back in our own history to know what it is like to be in a moment of need.
We know that celebrating the Superbowl Victory of 2009 just would not have been the same without living through the tribulations of 2005. It is that love that embraces visitors from all over the earth to visit our city, feel the warmth, not want to leave, return home with stories upon stories of a truly great place, and have an attraction like metal to magnet to return again and again. It is for that reason that myself and my friend Matt moved to this great city.
With that in mind, I can not stop thinking of the enormous sense of community and desire to come to the aid of a bewildered New York City after the attacks of 9/11 when you donated a fire engine - the Spirit of Louisiana - along with much sympathy and emotion. It was a shining example of the compassion of New Orleans; we couldn't fix what had happened, but we could give them a hand to get back up on their feet.
Then Katrina hit in 2005, just 4 short years later. The firefighters of New York City did not forget your generosity - as people rarely do - and while in this states saddest moments, the Spirit of Louisiana, 14 vehicles, and 300 support members from FDNY drove straight through from New York to New Orleans and were stationed at Holy Cross College to assist in the aftermath.
In the spirit of Louisiana, in all that is true and good in us, I call on that proud tradition of being there in the time of dire need for our friends in New York, as they have been for us. If you are from Louisiana, or believe in the spirit of Louisiana, and if you are a New Yorker who believes in the resolve of the city, please consider giving to this cause.
On Nov. 14th, the Big Easy to Big Apple Hurricane Relief Caravan will be leaving New Orleans. It will make a rendevouz with our friend Seth (A Native of La.) and make its way to the affected areas in NYC.
Thank you and God Bless!
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