Ellen DeGeneres Touched by Katrina

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Ellen DeGeneres: My aunt lost everything

It just goes to show you that no matter how much celebrity you have, there no way to completely insulate your life and your loved ones against the pitfalls that strike all of us. Ellen DeGeneres is talking about her aunt losing everything to the ravages of Katrina.

Like so many others in the area, her aunt has lost all her material possessions save the four pictures she took from her home. You have to feel for these folks who did nothing more than be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Every region has its version of natural disasters whether they be earthquakes, tornadoes, floods or whatever: so there's no way to hide from Mother Nature forever.

One of the benefits of celebrity though is having the power to reach out and do something significant when disaster strikes. Ellen is currently talking to the networks about organizing a telethon to benefit other storm victims.

You don't have to have clout with a major network to do something for these folks though. We can all help in our own way by donating to the American Red Cross.

Take a minute to think how you'd like people to respond if you were in their shoes, and act on it....


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