Imagine this, you wake up and everything you know is gone. Your home, your job, your vehicles, everything is gone. Your friends, family and neighbors are unaccounted for and scattered all over the country. You have no idea who is safe and who is not. You have no way of contacting anyone. You wait for help to arrive and when it does, it is too little too late. You are totally dependent on the kindness of strangers for everything, food, clothing, shelter. You wait in lines for everything, sometimes for days. Even the most basic essentials like toothpaste, soap and shampoo are unavailable.  

This is the reality of today for most of the victims of hurricane Katrina. Yes, even today, months later, the basic daily essentials are precious commodities. It is not going to get better anytime soon. The Red Cross and Salvation Army are doing their best, but the need is so much more than they can deal with daily. Tens of thousands of people a day still need to be cared for and they can only help a limited amount each day.  

A.B.A.T.E of Kansas, District 12 has approximately 100 members and in less than three weeks we put together a benefit ride to help our brothers and sisters in Louisiana. We sent a check directly to the relief fund of A.B.A.T.E. of Louisiana to aid the motorcycle community. We had about 70 bikes show up that day and we raised $1,600.00 to send to that group. Our group voted to add to this amount from our general funds, sending a total of $2,000.00. The state office in Kansas also sent $1,000.00 to both Louisiana and Mississippi to help.  

Please visit the websites of both states, make phone calls and talk with them directly. They are trying to find housing, jobs, food and hope for the motorcycle community in these states. Christmas is coming please do not forget them. If we all do something to help it will make a huge difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters hit so hard by this disaster. We challenge each and every state to step up and lend a hand to those that need it so badly