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Hurricane victims need aid quickly, so don't delay

Published August 22, 2004

Editor: I am truly saddened by the lack of hurricane relief response from the people in Hernando County.

My husband and I not only donated water to these victims as a small gesture, but he also volunteered 61/2 hours of his time on his day off to help with collections at the Wal-Mart on Cortez Boulevard. Of the few volunteers, one was a man from Canada, and an older woman who probably should not have been there due to age. I'm sure their were other volunteers on Monday, but my hat goes off to all of these individuals who, out of the kindness of their hearts, are here to help.

My peeve about all of this is that hardly anyone donated anything. There are tens of thousands of people who need our help right now. They need water, paper goods, diapers, canned foods, blankets, pet supplies and so much more. This could have been us, folks! We are so fortunate that Charley didn't strike us.

It doesn't take much to help. I understand that some people don't have a lot of money, but is a $5 case of water too much to ask for? Even a 79-cent box of tissues will help. Come on, people. We could be in their shoes someday. These disaster victims need your help and they need it now.

-- Barbara Seger, Spring Hill

To drivers who didn't offer help: How would you feel?

Editor: I am handicapped and use a power chair that I had recently got, along with a used lift to go with it. After about a week of using the lift, I was driving down Spring Hill Drive and the power chair fell off the back of my car. I pulled to the side of the road and put my flashers on while my 15-year-old daughter jumped out of the car and tried to lift the 178-pound chair onto the lift but she couldn't, and due to my physical condition I wasn't able to do much to help her.

Cars had to stop to get by because we were blocking the flow of traffic. Not one of those cars bothered to stop and help, not even the landscape truck that went by, or the white Mustang with the three or four teenage boys that I tried to flag down, or any other cars.

Finally, a man from a karate school in the nearby plaza came out, in uniform and his bare feet, to help.

My daughter and I can't believe that nobody stopped. I didn't even have an explanation for her as to why they wouldn't. She is one who helps others and is glad she does.

So, for all you drivers who went by and did nothing, just think how you would feel if your child was the one standing out on this busy street trying to lift this heavy chair by herself. Maybe you'll think twice next time you see someone in need.

(This letter is by no means meant for those of you who would have stopped because I know there are many who would have. Unfortunately, you were not there when we needed you.)

-- Lynne Butler, Spring Hill


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