Disaster in the Gulf: How You Can Help

Less than five years since Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, they are once again the center of attention. As we all know by now, after a drilling rig exploded oil has been pouring into the Gulf since late April. Each day that passes results in a new, more extreme hypothesis as to how much crude oil is being leaked into the water, killing fish, ruining beaches,  and demoralizing the already defeated region. BP is trying to fix the spill as quickly as possible while paying millions to those most affected and by suspending dividend payouts to their shareholders. They’ve also pledged $20 billion to those residents and businesses suffering from the spill.

However, it seems like as much money as they promise it won’t be nearly enough to salvage their reputation, especially considering their CEO Tony Hayward was spotted on his yacht in the premier boating spot in Britain. You might expect the CEO of a multi-billion dollar corporation, employing close to 100,000 people, in the midst of one of the biggest disasters in the past century would be a little more concerned with fixing the problem.

While the devastation may not seem to be his top priority, it certainly is item 1 on CNN’s list. Tonight, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. there will be a telethon, Disaster in the Gulf: How You Can Help, hosted by Larry King to raise money for those in the Gulf. Guests will talk to King on set or via satellite and are expected to take viewer calls.  Guests will include Justin Bieber, Deepak Chopra, Cameron Diaz, Philippe Cousteau, Ted Danson, Kathy Griffin, Chelsea Handler, Randy Jackson, Kerry Kennedy, Lenny Kravitz, Jenny McCarthy, Tim McGraw, Alyssa Milano, Aaron Neville, Edward James Olmos, Victoria Principal, Robert Redford, Gloria Reuben, Tyson Ritter, Richard Simmons, Ian Somerhalder, Sam Trammell, Melania and Ivanka Trump, Pete Wentz, Herbie Hancock, India.Arie, with a special performance by Sting. Ryan Seacrest will host ‘Social Suite’ for those viewers who wish to communicate via social media sites like facebook or twitter.

Funds raised will go to one of three organizations: United Way, The National Wildlife Federation or The Nature Conservancy. They are each working directly with the families, individuals and wildlife affected by the Gulf oil spill.

For more information on the organizations, or to donate, click on the following links:

HELPING COMMUNITIES with UNITED WAY

SAVING WILDLIFE with THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION

RESTORING THE GULF with THE NATURE CONSERVANCY

written by Rachel

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