Thursday, November 03, 2005

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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Burger King Corporation Provides Jobs for Hurricane Victims

Burger King Corporation announced Monday a program to source, recruit and hire displaced BURGER KING(R) restaurant employees into new or existing jobs at BURGER KING restaurants in more than 13 cities nationwide, as well as hurricane evacuees in general.

Franchise and company restaurants in cities with the highest concentration of displaced employees are participating in the Displaced Employee Assistance Program. These cities include Atlanta, Austin, Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Dallas, Houston, Montgomery, Orlando, Pensacola, San Antonio, Savannah, Shreveport, Tampa and several others.

The program was created solely in response to the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina.As part of the program, displaced employees may be eligible to receive limited cash assistance to help with the transition.

"As we continue to re-open restaurants and support hurricane relief efforts within the BURGER KING system, we are also looking at various ways to provide immediate employment and financial resources to our employees who have been forced from their homes," said Clyde Rucker, senior vice president and head of the company's Disaster Recovery Team. "Our first goal is to quickly and efficiently provide employment opportunities for as many displaced employees as possible and then provide any other opportunities to anyone displaced by the hurricane.

"Hundreds of jobs are currently available. Positions range from the crewmember level to the restaurant manager level. Displaced BURGER KING restaurant employees may call, toll-free, 877-BKC-4AID for job information in their area. Phone lines will be open from 8 a.m. EDT to 7 p.m. EDT (7 a.m. CT to 6 p.m. CT). This information is also posted on .

Other aspects of the program include:

* Every effort to match displaced employees with their previous level of responsibility;
* Immediate employment in the cities they are currently residing;
* Positions may be full-time, part-time or temporary.

As part of Burger King Corporation's on-going relief efforts, the Company has sent several truckloads of supplies for its employees in the hardest hit areas, including nearly 45,000 bottles of water and stocks of non-perishable goods.

Friday, September 09, 2005

National Cancer Organization Steps Up Free Counseling Services to Patients Affected by Katrina

Financial Assistance Also Available to Qualified Patients; Call 1-800-813-HOPE

NEW YORK, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- After destroying homes, businesses, schools and hospitals, and displacing hundreds of thousands along the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Katrina has left countless cancer patients in need of emotional and financial support. To help these patients cope with cancer while dealing with the additional stress of finding treatment facilities and new homes, CancerCare is stepping up its free, professional counseling services to cancer patients, caregivers and loved ones from the evacuated areas. Financial assistance may also be available to qualified patients through one of CancerCare's ten financial assistance programs.

Displaced patients in need of counseling and financial assistance may contact CancerCare's more than 40 professional oncology social workers on staff at 1-800-813-HOPE (4673). CancerCare social workers can provide callers with over-the-phone counseling, information about CancerCare's financial assistance programs and practical help -- all free of charge. CancerCare is also collaborating with the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) to provide referrals to patients for operating oncology practices and treatment centers.

"Although CancerCare always provides free counseling to anyone affected by cancer, this is a particularly critical time for the hurricane victims to know this support is available to them," said Diane Blum, MSW, executive director of CancerCare. "CancerCare is committed to providing patients with the resources they will need not only to find appropriate care, but to cope with the uncertainty of cancer treatment at a time when nothing in their lives is certain."

CancerCare is a national non-profit organization that provides free professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: people with cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones, and the bereaved. CancerCare programs-including counseling, education, financial assistance and practical help-are provided by trained oncology social workers and are completely free of charge.

Founded in 1944, CancerCare now provides individual help to more than 90,000 people each year, in addition to the more than one million people who gain information and resources from its website. Find out more about CancerCare by calling 1-800-813-HOPE (4673) or at

There are many ways to help the animals that were also victims of Hurricane Katrina. The American Vetrinary Medical Foundation has teams in the disaster areas. You can send your donations directly to them.

To make a contribution to the AVMF, please click here or send a check made payable to the "AVMF" and indicate where you want the donations to go in the bottom left hand corner of the check.
Send checks to:

American Veterinary Medical FoundationDepartment 20 - 1122P.O. Box 5940Carol Stream, IL 60197-5940

Thursday, September 08, 2005

PETCO "Rounds Up" Support for Katrina's Animal Victims

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In light of the growing need for financial assistance in the hurricane-stricken Gulf Coast, PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc. and the PETCO Foundation are urging the community to make donations towards animal rescue and relief efforts.

When Hurricane Katrina made landfall August 29, the PETCO Foundation initiated an emergency "round up" fundraiser at all 750+ PETCO stores nationwide. Upon grasping the scope of the disaster, the Foundation contacted major animal disaster teams, making them aware of the open offer of assistance.

Thanks to the generosity of PETCO customers, vendors, and associates, in-store and online donations have pushed the 10-day total past $600,000. However, animal needs in the Gulf Coast are sure to surpass this amount, and relief efforts call for greater financial support.

"The Katrina catastrophe has presented an overwhelming challenge for people and pets alike, and even more assistance will be needed to properly rescue and care for these animals," said Paul Jolly, Vice President and Director of the PETCO Foundation. "The real work will begin in the weeks and months to come as we collectively begin the daunting task of rebuilding animal welfare organizations in the area."

Donations to the PETCO Foundation have helped fund the transfer of food, supplies, crates, and pet beds to animal welfare organizations who have rescued displaced animals. The PETCO Foundation has also helped individual pet parents and families, who lost their belongings, care for their companion animals.

"The outpouring of support has been truly awe-inspiring," Jolly said. "A very young customer came into one of our Missouri stores with a jar full of change and donated all the money she was saving up for Christmas, bringing the associate to tears because she was so touched."

A PETCO store in Little Rock, AR provided free self-service baths for the animals of hurricane evacuees, and an associate at the Monroe, LA location personally found shelter for a family that was rendered homeless by the storm.

The PETCO Foundation has also partnered with the American Humane Association to activate its Disaster Response big rig that facilitated the cross-country delivery of much-needed supplies to animal welfare groups in the Gulf Coast and became a command center for disaster teams. In addition, the PETCO Foundation continues to partner with the Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA, and Best Friends in their coordinated efforts to help animals in the area.

The in-store fundraiser will run through September 11, but customers can continue to donate to the PETCO Foundation's disaster relief fund on

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Porshe donates proceeds of car to Katrina victims

ATLANTA, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- History was both made and remembered over the Labor Day holiday when a Porsche Carrera GT production car driven by race driver David Donohue and NBC Television "The Tonight Show" host Jay Leno set a series of Grand American speed records at Talladega Superspeedway, where David's father, Mark Donohue, set a similar series of records in a Porsche race car 30 years ago.

As the records were being set, Porsche decided to donate the car to an auction designed to raise funds to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Leno agreed to oversee the auction of the $440,000 record-setting Carrera GT. Details about the auction will be announced later.

Walmart Associates

Wal-Mart Associates -- Initially, more than 34,000 Wal-Mart associates were displaced by Hurricane Katrina. So far, we have been in contact with 87% of these associates to learn they are working or safe. -- Our goal is to help associates get back on their feet and move forward with their lives. The Wal-Mart Emergency Information Line, established to answer associates questions and concerns, has fielded more than 15,000 calls. - Any displaced associate can come and work in any other U.S. Wal-Mart store. Thus far, these associates have been transposed and are working from stories as far away as Alaska, California and Nevada, with many more in neighboring states of Georgia, Texas, and Florida. - Displaced associates are eligible for up to $1,000 from our Associate Disaster Relief Fund if their homes were flooded or destroyed. We have already provided cash assistance to more than 6,100 associates, totaling more than $3.6 million in associate relief.

In-Store and On-Line Assistance -- Today, Wal-Mart made available its gift registry kiosks for anyone displaced by the hurricane to sign up for items they need. It allows those across the country wishing to contribute items to do so. -- The on-line Emergency Contact Service established through in-store kiosks and on-line via and is helping the public to locate and communicate with their friends and family members. So far it has received more than 11,000 postings and more than 1 million hits.

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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Why were physicians told to stay home?

Why were physicians told to stay home when they offered to provide medical care for victims of Hurricane Katrina?

Winston-Salem NC, September 7, 2005, Dr. Jamie Koufman, the Director of the Center for Voice and Swallowing Disorders of Wake Forest University, and Professor of Surgery Wake Forest University Health Sciences is looking for answers. She is wondering why she and hundreds of other physicians across the country were told they were not needed when they called to volunteer (most at their own expense) to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

“Like most Americans, I watched in horror”, said Koufman. “I also felt helpless, guilty, and ashamed at what I saw. By Wednesday, I knew – didn’t the President know? -- that this was the worst disaster in American history? I also knew that every possible resource should be summoned immediately if not sooner.”

Dr. Koufman like millions of Americans wanted to help. “My First call was to SORT (Special Operations Response Team), because it is primarily a medical team based in my hometown of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. And I was told that the SORT team had already been deployed and I could not help, that I would need six months of special training. I argued, “But I am a surgeon, and those people need all the help they can get now.” They suggested she call the Red Cross.

Calling the Red Cross only added to Koufman’s frustration. “I said that I would do anything that would help.” Koufman was told that 50 Winston-Salem volunteers had already been sent and that at least another 50 had already expressed a desire to go. “ The Red Cross response was totally unbelievable they told me the next training class is next week on September 7th.” I told her “Issues of credentialing and red tape have to be thrown out in this case; those people need our help and they need it now.”

Koufman not only argued and pleaded with officials; she had her travel arrangements made. When she finally was able to reach the Regional Director of the Red Cross in Raleigh, she was informed that Red Cross is not involved in medical care and it was suggested that she call FEMA. “I never got through to FEMA though if I tried once, I tried a hundred times through a variety of numbers. I spent 2 days on the phone.”

When Dr. Koufman’s efforts to reach agency’s failed she tried one more option. She called her Senator’s office, Senator Richard Burr, NC. “I asked if his office could find out where I could be of help and how I would go about it. I as given a telephone number for an emergency response group in Washington. I never got through to them. And I never heard back from FEMA.”

“I am very ashamed that Americans could sufferer and die on American soil while physicians trying to get to them were told to stay home,” said Koufman. “I and many of my professional colleagues across the nation were told over and over again stay home. At a time of national disaster with so many lives at stake, how is it possible that medical professionals were rebuffed by credentialing, red tape and poor communication issues from several different emergency response groups? I am amazed, I am angry and I am sad.”

“The red tape response the medical community received should make all of us angry and asking for answers. How many people have died because they would not let us go?” said Koufman. “Yes, we need to fix the levies and rebuild New Orleans, because that is who we are. But more importantly we need to look each other in the eye and ask, “Where did we go wrong?” because that is also who we are.”

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Sunday, September 04, 2005

Helicopter crashes

A Rescue helicopter has crashed in New Orleans.