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Jeana (DP)
09-10-2005, 04:21 PM
Anyone got anything good to say about anything with regard to this? I've heard of hundreds of people doing good things - no one wants to talk about that though. Right?

JBean
09-10-2005, 04:22 PM
Anyone got anything good to say about anything with regard to this? I've heard of hundreds of people doing good things - no one wants to talk about that though. Right? are you blaming me for that?





eta: I better edit that I am just kidding.

Schmerty_Jones
09-10-2005, 04:25 PM
Anyone got anything good to say about anything with regard to this? I've heard of hundreds of people doing good things - no one wants to talk about that though. Right?
Are you calling me "BaD NeWs " :razz:

Just kidding :angel:

Olivia77
09-10-2005, 04:30 PM
Okay, I'd like to give props to my town, San Diego. A house in City Heights has been occupied by eight people displaced by the hurricane. More at link!

http://www.10news.com/news/4955803/detail.html

tybee204
09-10-2005, 04:55 PM
here ya go Jeanna


Feel good Story ~ A Mother of 6 Gets a Chance for a new life
http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28928

Thank You, Our Canadian Friends!!
http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28954

The Hero's
http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28957

Dallas Mayor take matters into her own hands
http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28924


Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country

http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28887

Everyone please read! This is very important!
http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28717


Foster homes for Katrina pets
http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28793

Texas is Opening its Arms
http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28619

Places to donate goods:
http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28680

A Good Story About Katrina
http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28744

New Orleans couple weds in Mississippi shelter
http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28669

50 countries have pledged money
http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28597

Donations for victims of Hurricane Katrina
http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28425

Oxygen Network Donates $1 to Hurricane Relief when you sign up! FREE!
http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28581

Americans Opening Their Homes to Katrina Refuges
http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28516

mysteriew
09-10-2005, 05:05 PM
I posted a thread about the hero's who are coming out of this. I don't think anyone is interested though.

heavenlydaze
09-10-2005, 05:06 PM
My son-In-Law works for BP...a large UK corp. that absorbed Amoco Oil. The following is a press release, but let me tell you this, BP has gone above & beyond what is printed in this article. Right after this happened, Paul (SIL), who lives in Vancleave, Ms., took his kids to Florida to stay with friends who still had electricity and phone service. After he dropped them off, he loaded up the van at a Wal Mart there in Fla. with bottled water, soap, canned food, diapers and anything else he thought folks would need. The next morning, his boss and several others from BP drove to Biloxi in three trucks and distributed everything from the van along with several electric generators, medical kits, clothing, and cans of gas siphoned from their own trucks for the generators. BP is continuing to help by encouraging their employees to volunteer for the Red Cross and other relief organizations without fear of losing their jobs. Im proud that my son-in-law works for a company that is doing so much.

The original press release:


BP Foundation contributes $1 million to Hurricane Katrina relief effort
Release date: 30 August 2005
Houston, TX, August 30, 2005: In response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina on communities in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi, BP announced that the BP Foundation has donated $1million to the Red Cross and will also match the contributions of BP employees to the disaster relief effort.
The BP Foundation donation will be dedicated as follows:

* $500,000 for Louisiana
* $250,000 for Mississippi
* $100,000 for Alabama
* $150,000 at the discretion of the Red Cross

BP will also conduct an employee appeal inviting BP employees in the US to assist the Red Cross in responding to Hurricane Katrina. The BP Foundation will match employee contributions on a one-to-one basis.

BP is an international company involved in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas; refining, marketing, supply and transportation of hydrocarbons; and manufacturing and marketing of petrochemicals, and solar and gas-fired power generation. BP has significant operations in the Gulf of Mexico and the affected states.
Further information:
Name: Sarah Howell
Location: Washington
Phone : (202) 457-6603
Name: Ayana McIntosh-Lee
Location: Houston
Phone : (281) 366-0847

JBean
09-10-2005, 05:12 PM
Gosh HD, that brought a tear to my eye. thanks for posting.

Jeana (DP)
09-10-2005, 05:17 PM
Aid given out so far: $600M
Here's an early look at what kind of financial relief evacuees will be able to access.

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) More than $60 billion in federal government aid and more than half a billion dollars to the Red Cross alone have been earmarked to date for relief to those from the areas ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.

That doesn't include the money donated to other charities and relief funds.

A large part of these funds collectively will go to rebuilding infrastructure and clearing out flooded areas. But a good portion will be earmarked for individuals in need of assistance, in the form of cash, food, housing and other essentials.



As of Friday afternoon, FEMA had given out nearly $590 million to 293,000 households as part of its $2,000-per-family emergency cash assistance program, said spokesman Michael Widomski. To date, more than 400,000 families have registered with FEMA, and more are expected to do so. Once a family registers, Widomski said, it should take between 12 and 24 hours for FEMA to issue them the money.

* * *

The Red Cross, meanwhile, has been giving evacuees debit cards worth between $360 to just over $1,500 depending on family size. As of Friday afternoon, it had given out an estimated 12,000 cards, though a total estimate of the dollar amount is not yet available, said spokeswoman Amanda Mark.

* * *

Direct cash assistance, however, is a small piece of the aid pie. The Red Cross, for instance, has been sheltering 160,000 Katrina victims in 23 states and has provided 6 million hot meals and an equal number of snacks in the wake of the hurricane.

* * *

But there will be a number of outlets from which they may seek longer term assistance:

FEMA: The federal emergency management agency can provide rental assistance for up to 18 months, said FEMA spokesman Mark Pfeifle. The agency also works with the Small Business Administration to provide disaster victims with low-interest loans. And if an evacuee is out of work but doesn't qualify for regular unemployment compensation such as a farmer, independent consultant or small business owner the agency works with the Department of Labor to provide special emergency unemployment compensation, Pfeifle said.

* * *



The Salvation Army, for instance, which has raised $66 million so far, is estimating there will be a minimum of 24 months of work ahead in helping those displaced by the hurricane, said Major George Hood, the organization's national spokesman.

That help could come in many forms: rental assistance, job retraining and counseling among others. The organization's advisers are meeting daily to assess what the longer term needs of the displaced are likely to be.

* * *



http://money.cnn.com/2005/09/09/news/aid_katrina/index.htm?cnn=yes


AND, shock of all shocks, I heard that Afghanistan is giving $100,000.00. ;)

mysteriew
09-10-2005, 05:20 PM
My son-In-Law works for BP...a large UK corp. that absorbed Amoco Oil. The following is a press release, but let me tell you this, BP has gone above & beyond what is printed in this article. Right after this happened, Paul (SIL), who lives in Vancleave, Ms., took his kids to Florida to stay with friends who still had electricity and phone service. After he dropped them off, he loaded up the van at a Wal Mart there in Fla. with bottled water, soap, canned food, diapers and anything else he thought folks would need. The next morning, his boss and several others from BP drove to Biloxi in three trucks and distributed everything from the van along with several electric generators, medical kits, clothing, and cans of gas siphoned from their own trucks for the generators. BP is continuing to help by encouraging their employees to volunteer for the Red Cross and other relief organizations without fear of losing their jobs. Im proud that my son-in-law works for a company that is doing so much.

The original press release:


BP Foundation contributes $1 million to Hurricane Katrina relief effort
Release date: 30 August 2005
Houston, TX, August 30, 2005: In response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina on communities in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi, BP announced that the BP Foundation has donated $1million to the Red Cross and will also match the contributions of BP employees to the disaster relief effort.
The BP Foundation donation will be dedicated as follows:

* $500,000 for Louisiana
* $250,000 for Mississippi
* $100,000 for Alabama
* $150,000 at the discretion of the Red Cross

BP will also conduct an employee appeal inviting BP employees in the US to assist the Red Cross in responding to Hurricane Katrina. The BP Foundation will match employee contributions on a one-to-one basis.

BP is an international company involved in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas; refining, marketing, supply and transportation of hydrocarbons; and manufacturing and marketing of petrochemicals, and solar and gas-fired power generation. BP has significant operations in the Gulf of Mexico and the affected states.
Further information:
Name: Sarah Howell
Location: Washington
Phone : (202) 457-6603
Name: Ayana McIntosh-Lee
Location: Houston
Phone : (281) 366-0847

I nominate him as a hero. When he gets home, give him a big kiss and hug. And tell him that the people from WS say thank you!

Tom'sGirl
09-10-2005, 05:28 PM
Anyone got anything good to say about anything with regard to this? I've heard of hundreds of people doing good things - no one wants to talk about that though. Right?Here in the L.A. area all these supplies have set on pallets with no one to transport them.......it was so discouraging! The supplies are now finally on their way, just hope they get distributed :confused:

KNBC-TV

LOS ANGELES - Drivers for Wal-Mart and independent truckers on Friday voluntarily hauled food, water and medical supplies donated by community members to Louisiana to aid Hurricane Katrina victims.

SNIP:

Marketing consultant Sidney Ray jump-started the donating frenzy when she made an Internet posting to craigslist.org about organizing a relief campaign shortly after the hurricane hit.

But trucks offered early on for the effort never materialized, said organizer Steven Webb. The supplies lined both sides of the street.

SNIP:

Trucker Remains Stranded Near Gulfport



A trucker who volunteered to carry supplies to hurricane-ravaged communities has been stranded for nearly one week in Mississippi.

SNIP:

Jacbos left Sept. 2 with a semitrailer load of bottled water. When the truck reached its destination Sunday, FEMA officials told Jacobs to wait in a long line with other truckers.

Jacobs told Lopez that he has been given one meal per day. He said the bottled water remains on the truck.

"My drivers so wanted to help that they just wanted to get there as fast as possible," said Donna Nickell, of American Nickell Carrier. "He's just been sitting there since Sunday, knowing that he's got all this water to help these victims."

Company officials said only FEMA officials are allowed to open the semitrailer and distribute the water.



http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9274151/ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9274151/)

Casshew
09-10-2005, 05:29 PM
here ya go Jeanna


Feel good Story ~ A Mother of 6 Gets a Chance for a new life
http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28928

Thank You, Our Canadian Friends!!
http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28954

The Hero's
http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28957

Dallas Mayor take matters into her own hands
http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28924


Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country
http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28887

Everyone please read! This is very important!
http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28717


Foster homes for Katrina pets
http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28793

Texas is Opening its Arms
http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28619

Places to donate goods:
http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28680

A Good Story About Katrina
http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28744

New Orleans couple weds in Mississippi shelter
http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28669

50 countries have pledged money
http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28597

Donations for victims of Hurricane Katrina
http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28425

Oxygen Network Donates $1 to Hurricane Relief when you sign up! FREE!
http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28581

Americans Opening Their Homes to Katrina Refuges
http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28516
Thanks tybee, I am happy to say I started a couple of those threads.

It's not all gloom and doom Jeana!

Jeana (DP)
09-10-2005, 05:44 PM
Thanks tybee, I am happy to say I started a couple of those threads.

It's not all gloom and doom Jeana!


Glancing down the list of forum topics was pretty damn gloomy there for a while Casshew!!! I just can't take it!!!!!

Casshew
09-10-2005, 05:45 PM
Glancing down the list of forum topics was pretty damn gloomy there for a while Casshew!!! I just can't take it!!!!!
Just bump the good ones :)

Gabby
09-10-2005, 05:48 PM
Our Company, Guardian Industries... is matching dollar for dollar employee donations from all of it's WORLD WIDE locations and subsidiaries. This includes the TAMPA BAY LIGHTENING and THE DETROIT PISTONS,.[SIZE=1] The donations will be payrolld deduct and take up to 10 weeks to payback our part.....

At our plant we are asked to give $10.... that is all... however there have been many that have signed up for more PER PAY PERIOD.... I am so proud that I work for a company that is able and willing to do this.


www.guardian.com

mjak
09-10-2005, 05:56 PM
Well I tried to start a thread with a positive title and pointing out some positive things and nearly got chewed up for it. So I would love it if others who are braver then I would like to start some postive threads. As I feel the Human Race has a lot to be proud of with all the heros and donaters and out oupouring of help that has occured. No matter how many mistakes are made I am still proud that we are a species that try to do right in the first place. Imagine if we had no FEMA office at all, or no first responders or no goveners or mayors ?

mjak

mjak
09-10-2005, 05:59 PM
A postive story I read was the Story of Former vice president Gore, Hired and arranged for two planes himself to help evacuate a hospital after receiving a call for help from a doctor there.
Lets here it for Gore!!!

mjak

heavenlydaze
09-10-2005, 06:11 PM
Our Company, Guardian Industries... is matching dollar for dollar employee donations from all of it's WORLD WIDE locations and subsidiaries. This includes the TAMPA BAY LIGHTENING and THE DETROIT PISTONS,.[SIZE=1] The donations will be payrolld deduct and take up to 10 weeks to payback our part.....

At our plant we are asked to give $10.... that is all... however there have been many that have signed up for more PER PAY PERIOD.... I am so proud that I work for a company that is able and willing to do this.


www.guardian.com

Cool Gabby! Some of these big corporations blow my mind with what they are doing, and THEY'RE NOT DONE YET! They just keep on-and-on trying to help! I really think there's a future for our species after all!

heavenlydaze
09-10-2005, 06:16 PM
A postive story I read was the Story of Former vice president Gore, Hired and arranged for two planes himself to help evacuate a hospital after receiving a call for help from a doctor there.
Lets here it for Gore!!!

mjak

Never thought I'd hear myself say this, but...



:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

TexMex
09-10-2005, 09:03 PM
I gotta brag on Texas a little bit....

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dy...5090801795.html


Town Improvises to Absorb Evacuees

By T.R. Reid
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, September 9, 2005; Page A16

ORANGE, Tex. -- Anna Rose Williams had never heard of Orange, Tex., when her tired, frightened family stopped here for dinner last week on their harried journey to escape Hurricane Katrina.

"We was seven people in one car, with the babies," the 61-year-old grandmother recalled. "A gentleman come out of the Domino Pizza and said, 'Do y'all need a place to stay?' I said, 'Honey, we don't need no place to stay. We need a place to live.' "

And that's how the Williams family of Burns Street in New Orleans became residents of Orange -- for the time being, at least. Their current home is the former fourth-grade classroom at the Community Church Youth Center in Orange, a bayou town on the Texas-Louisiana border that has seen its population swell from more than 18,000 to about 20,000 in one week as evacuees have moved in.

----

"These people were getting off the buses wearing garbage bags and no shoes," Frey said. "So we started calling people and saying, 'We need footwear. We need bedding. We need two dozen Porta Potties out here quick.' " Virtually overnight, the state welcome center was transformed into an outdoor warehouse, with mountains of donated clothing, diapers, sleeping bags, food and an eight-foot tower of water bottles.

With few or no job prospects in devastated New Orleans, some of Orange's newest residents have been looking for work -- and finding it. One pastor reopened a defunct carwash to provide employment. A local maker of precision tools, Cloeren Co., sent fliers to motels and shelters looking for machinists. "We're going to hire a bunch of people," said Kenneth Cormier, Cloeren's director of human resources.

---
Anna Rose Williams is one of those likely to stay. "We don't know if there's anything to go back to," she said. "And I think it must have been God that steered me to this wonderful community. We might just make this place our home."

BillyGoatGruff
09-10-2005, 09:17 PM
Rapper Ludacris is hosting at least 15 displaced families in an apartment complex he bought and was renovating in the College Park area of Atlanta. He said they could live there for the next four months, possibly longer. Nice to know some of these guys aren't blowing everything on bling and strecth Hummers, but are actually trying to do folks some good .

Arkansas-born novelist John Gresham has donated 5 million to the Mississippi Coast relief effort.

Steven Spielberg donated 750K to the Red Cross.

Those are the only three that have stuck in my mind.

2sisters
09-10-2005, 09:54 PM
I want to say how appreciative and moved I am by all of the out of town workers (linemen, phone, national guard, etc) who don't know me or anyone in this town who are here working day and night. They are doing so much to get this town moving again and it is great. I really love Acworth Power of Acworth, GA who has been working non stop with Newman electric of GA in my neighborhood. Convoy of hope has been here since the day after feeding us and giving us ice along with countless others helping. It has been so hot here and the guard hands out MREs , water, and ice all day in full uniform and they have to be miserable especially the ones from up north who aren't used to 100 degree heat with high humidity. It just feels good to know that people who don't know you from Adam care enough to help you get going again.

vanillasky
09-10-2005, 10:20 PM
Forgot one to add to the positive list.


http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28633

Olivia77
09-10-2005, 10:32 PM
New Orleans Executives Plan Revival

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/10/business/10plan.html

txsvicki
09-10-2005, 10:38 PM
I posted a thread about the hero's who are coming out of this. I don't think anyone is interested though.

That's a great idea. I'm interested. If no time to find the stories and link them, I'll sure read them. There's some very heroic people who lived and died in the flood from the broken levees.

LovelyPigeon
09-10-2005, 10:45 PM
People are wonderful, volunteers are numerous, and donations are over the top!

But organization is sadly and dangerously lacking.

Something has to be done now about taking charge and organizing...and this situation has GOT to lead to better preparation for the next crisis, whether natural or manmade.

concernedperson
09-10-2005, 10:46 PM
People are wonderful, volunteers are numerous, and donations are over the top!

But organization is sadly and dangerously lacking.

Something has to be done now about taking charge and organizing...and this situation has GOT to lead to better preparation for the next crisis, whether natural or manmade.

No truer words were ever spoken.

lorann
09-11-2005, 08:17 AM
My daughter lives in a small town near Garland Texas. She immediately went to help get a place opened to aid the survivors who landed in their area. One man she had helped the previous day, sought her out to return some items that did not fit his family members. 17 people from one family (cousins etc) ended up at his aunt and uncle's house. The aunt and uncle moved into a camper in their back yard and gave the use of the house to relatives. He returned the clothes because they have no room for extras, he also requested some laundry detergent so have what they wear clean. Every place has their rules of what they can and can't do, so she got his phone number and she and I have sorta decided to help these people. They are not in an official shelter so their funds may take longer. He told her that three teenagers had already been flown to other family members across the country to get them in school.

Another good story, a lady, perhaps 60, came in loaded down with many newly purchased items and a Ziploc bag full of $100 gift cards to Walmart. She and her hubby have an apartment complex and have taken in many people. She did confess they were just old hippy bikers!

There are many good stories, some we will never hear about. When you hear one first hand, it makes your heart swell.

mysteriew
09-11-2005, 08:57 AM
4 years ago Louisana donated a fire truck to the fire dept in NY after the WTC disaster. That truck was named The Spirit of Louisana. They also sent firemen to help in the recovery effort.
Now 4 yrs later, The Spirit of Louisana and 350 NY fire dept members are on their way to Louisana.
Those fire dept members won't be at the WTC ceremonies, because they are headed to Louisana to give a helping hand.

less0305
09-11-2005, 10:14 AM
[b]Company officials said only FEMA officials are allowed to open the semitrailer and distribute the water.



http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9274151/ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9274151/)


Tom's Girl.... I understand that sounds bad, but in truth - if the Government just let every single truck roll in there and be flagged on in, can you imagine what would happen if it were a truck of explosives? I think we still have to be vigilant of terrorist attacks and a semi would possibly take out a very large portion of guardsmen or rescuers, volunteers, and already devastated citizens. I think they do have to check everything. If terrorists can commandere three airplanes, imagine if they rounded up about 15 semis and sent them in there. And then if that happened and they were let through....talk about blaming and pointing fingers! Whew!!!

Olivia77
09-11-2005, 01:27 PM
Does anyone have any links to what Mexico is doing to help? I've seen several photos of Mexican military doing serious labor on CNN and other stations, but never a real mention of what they are doing to help and I'd like to know. The picture on CNN right now is of the Mexican Marines and US military moving huge trees...

BirdieBoo
09-11-2005, 01:31 PM
The Mexican Army is helping: Here's a link to Yahoo news story. (http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050908/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/katrina_mexico)

Olivia77
09-11-2005, 01:40 PM
The Mexican Army is helping: Here's a link to Yahoo news story. (http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050908/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/katrina_mexico)

Thanks BirdieBoo!

Jeana (DP)
09-12-2005, 04:33 PM
BIG FAT BUMP FOR THIS THREAD!!!!!!

:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

We need more good news guys!

Tom'sGirl
09-12-2005, 08:01 PM
Tom's Girl.... I understand that sounds bad, but in truth - if the Government just let every single truck roll in there and be flagged on in, can you imagine what would happen if it were a truck of explosives? I think we still have to be vigilant of terrorist attacks and a semi would possibly take out a very large portion of guardsmen or rescuers, volunteers, and already devastated citizens. I think they do have to check everything. If terrorists can commandere three airplanes, imagine if they rounded up about 15 semis and sent them in there. And then if that happened and they were let through....talk about blaming and pointing fingers! Whew!!!
Very good point less........

Tom'sGirl
09-12-2005, 08:12 PM
Thanks BirdieBoo!
MEXICO CITY, Sept. 8 (Xinhuanet) -- A convoy of the Mexican army on Thursday rolled into the United States with food and medicine to help victims who had lost their homes to Hurricane Katrina, the first move of this kind in Mexico-US relations.



The convoy took 200 unarmed soldiers and 45 trucks filled with thousands of ready-to-eat meals, drinking water and medical equipment to San Antonio, Texas, where Mexican soldiers will distribute the food and medicine and offer aid to those who were evacuated from the hurricane-torn city of New Orleans.

The Mexican government also sent a navy vessel to the Mississippi coast area with rescue vehicles and helicopters. It plans to send an additional 12-vehicle convoy to affected regions to help in the disaster relief efforts. This is the first time Mexico offers disaster relief help to its powerful neighbor to the north. In the past, Mexico had sent such assistance to other Latin American countries, but never to the United States.

TexMex
09-13-2005, 01:55 PM
http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050913/NEWS0110/509130369

Before Katrina slammed New Orleans, his wife, Joyce, 55, and her sister Jennifer Larche, 54, fled the storm. But Stewart, 57, who waited until he could wait no more, walked from New Orleans to Baton Rouge approximately 85 miles on La. Highway 61 South, better known as Airline Highway.

"I had rode out storms before, but you couldn't ride this boy out," he said. "I put left in front of right and thank God I made it," Stewart said. "I had to make it, it wasn't no option. My instinct kicked in from military experience. It told me when you're in enemy territory, you keep moving until you feel safe."

2sisters
09-13-2005, 11:27 PM
I know this isn't the feel good story of the storm BUT I got electricity last night. I got my 1st hot shower in 15 days. I did laundry and all kinds of other things I took for granted. Big thanks to Acworth power from me. I also went back to work today, no more worrying about money coming in. Slowly, things are getting normal and it feels really good.