All along the Mississippi River from Iowa to St. Louis, there is devastation. Levees have been breached, farmland is flooded. People are losing their homes and their livelihoods in a time when this country is already in dire financial straits.

There are some prominent donations being sent to the victims of the flood — most notably, the proceeds from that awful, racist pin that was being sold at the Texas GOP convention are being donated to the Red Cross.

If you want to help the homeless and suffering in the flooded midwest, call the American Red Cross at 309-743-2166, or visit Click here for an additional list of places you can donate time and funds to the folks who need it.

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Wes says:
June 19, 2008, 12:26 pm
Thanks Bella... I was devastated hearing about this. It's great to know what we can do to help.
b. says:
June 19, 2008, 1:17 pm
Whoa Bella; where'd you find that picture? OMG speechless. Although the flooding was much more gradual than in NO, it's devastating nonetheless and they definitely need all the help they can get.
p1tey1 says:
June 19, 2008, 4:12 pm
Thank you for this information.
Mrs.Mckinzie says:
June 19, 2008, 4:56 pm
This is very sad,I heard on the news that the Red Cross are completely tapped out of funds,and they need help desperately.My husband and I will help with whatever we can.
Bebroma says:
June 19, 2008, 9:02 pm
Thank you for spotlighting this, bella. It's really bad. I live in the Midwest...and there are fire stations that are completely ruined because the water line reached above the ceiling of the fire station, the government offices are flooded, it's awful, and it is so many towns and cities, not just one, all along the Mississippi. Help is certainly needed. It's heartbreaking to see everyone work so hard sandbagging and then watching the water break through anyway. It was very bad in 1993 when the Mississippi flooded, in fact it is referred to as the Great Flood of 1993, but this is even worse.
nyc/caribbean ragazza says:
June 20, 2008, 1:39 am
Bella thanks for posting this. I'm glad to see something positive came from that racist pin.
carla says:
June 20, 2008, 1:09 pm
A friend who had just moved from Iowa City 3 days before the flooding reminded me that the hardest hit in her former hometown were the communities of color. We don't associate Iowa with black folks the way we do New Orleans, but as always poor people--who are too frequently people of color in this country--are the hardest hit.


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