The Burger King "Campaign for Your Cause" has winnowed down the 100,000 nominations to ten each for New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Among the Çatholic organizations in the top ten for New Orleans are my high school Alma Mater, Archbishop Chapelle High, Mt. Carmel Academy (which suffered heavy losses from Katrina) and the Father Harry Thompson Center (Fr. Thompson, SJ, started a school for at-risk kids along the Nativity School model; it, too, suffered quite a bit of damage from the hurricane).
Whichever organization gets the most "votes" now will be given a $50,000 contribution from Burger King. Votes can be submitted on the website or by cell phone (text message to "burger" or 287437). The runners up will share another $50,000.
Frankly, I think the Father Harry Thompson Center ought to get your vote (text message HARRY or choose it on the website). This is an easy way to cooperate in a great good for children who are the most disadvantaged of all in a city that is still 3/4 destroyed. You can return every day and cast another vote.
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