Many of you know me from postings in the forums here and my business AstroPro Products. You may not know that I live in Ft. Myers a mere 8 miles from Sanibel and Captiva Islands which were devastated by Hurricane Charley along with other areas like Punta Gorda, Charlotte and Desoto County, and the town of Arcadia.
Simply put, things here are bad. I am sure you have seen the news, read the stories and seen the pictures. However, unless you are right in the middle of it, it is hard to fathom. There are people that desperately need help. I fared much better than most and had some damage to my home and lost power for 6 1/2 days. Others have nothing... no homes, no water, no power, no life. Sure insurance will cover a lot but it will take time to get to everyone and there are those who need assistance right NOW! It is hot, the misquitos are horrible, and life is miserable.
Being the kind of person that can't sit back, I am organizing through my business AstroPro Products an Astronomer's Relief Fund in conjunction with the American Red Cross. These funds will go directly to helping the victims in our community RIGHT HERE and RIGHT NOW to buy simple neccessities to get by. This money WILL NOT go into their general fund.
If you feel like helping, please make checks payable to (DO NOT SEND CASH):
AMERICAN RED CROSS
SUBJECT LINE: Hurricane Charley Relief Fund
Mail them to:
Attn: Astronomers Relief Fund
14401 Pine Lily Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33908
I know that the people I have met and done business with here on Astromart are good people. Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated.