First off I want to thank everyone who has supported the Catch 22 for Blue Foundation hurricane relief efforts. For those that want more information on the foundation, the Louisiana Lagniappe 22 Blue Bracelet, and our relief efforts please visit the website at www.catch22forblue.org
Let me give you some information about the foundation. I decided to start the Catch 22 for Blue foundation to help as many people and families as I could in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. I feel that the Catch 22 website can be used as a way to spread awareness for the families whose lives have been altered or destroyed by this terrible tragedy. My heart pours out to the residents of Southern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas because I know that they are extremely hard working people full of pride and an attitude toward life that we should all take note of. They are loyal, caring, and deeply rooted in their lifestyle set by their generations past. New Orleans was flooded and thousands lost their lives, homes and businesses, but also understand that there were many, many other Parishes (in other states they are called Counties) that were leveled and some completely destroyed. We didn’t see most them on television because of their smaller populations and because there was no way to get to them, but they were hit just as hard nonetheless. Also, let us not forget the residents of the Mississippi Gulf Coast as well. This area may have been hit even harder but the attention they received is far less than they deserved.
Today, as Hurricane Rita has recently passed it has again affected Louisiana and re-flooded many of the same areas that Katrina hit. Rita also affected Texas, and (for obvious reasons) I have an interest in assisting Texas residents affected by Rita. Many of my teammates where extremely worried about their families in the Houston area. With the season quickly coming to an end, I am searching for families and individuals who are in need of assistance in one form or another…whether it be assistance via the Catch 22 for Blue Foundation or just a friendly smile. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please contact us via eMail at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are many who evacuated as ordered by government officials and are living in cars, hotels or with friends. Many who have done everything they were supposed to but are still suffering from the affects of the hurricanes. I am committed to helping those affected by the recent wave of hurricanes that have hit Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas.
For those that live in the Arlington area, the Texas Rangers and the USA+ Foundation have generously allowed our foundation to sell the Louisiana Lagniappe 22 bracelets at Ameriquest Field during the final homestand of the 2005 season, September 30th, October 1st & 2nd against the Angels. The USA+ Foundation will match all donations dollar for dollar up to $25,000. I personally want to challenge all of the Rangers fans to help me support those affected by the recent hurricanes and please make a donation during the final Texas Rangers homestand of the 2005 season.
Finally, for those wondering why I have not been in the lineup, I recently strained my calf…I hope to be back in the lineup in a day or two. Keep checking the blog or the website, I’ll have more information on my status as soon as I know more.
Thanks for taking the time to read my first blog. Please check back often as I plan on updating the blog regularly.
For those interested in learning more about the Catch 22 for Blue Foundation and the Louisiana Lagniappe 22 Bracelet, please visit my website at www.catch22forblue.org