The Biloxi newspaper somehow managed to put out an edition today, wherein they reamed support services a new one and begged for some sort of help. The mayor of Marksville put out a plea online for anyone who could manage it to truck in basic supplies, as the Red Cross was so busy being overwhelmed in the big cities that they couldn't get to small towns like Marksville. It's been nearly a week and little coastal towns in Mississippi and Louisiana are still struggling on their own to provide basic neccessities of life - like water. Disease is breaking out in shelters from lack of any sort of sanitation or even water in which to wash hands. You could call me crazy (and you'd be right) but I'm filling a truck with supplies and taking it in myself. There's a fellow outside of Pensacola who is checking gas availability and functioning roads for me right now. I plan to load up and drive as far as I can while still having enough gas to get back out. So far it looks like Pensacola will be my staging area to jump off from (last safe harbor west on I-10, so to speak). I could use some help brainstorming how to fill the truck. I've financed the trip just fine but it's a really big truck and I hate to go out there with only half a load. I announced the trip last night at work and my co-workers gave generously. I had money myself to pay for supplies. I tried asking Publix to allow me to park in their parking lot with a sign but they refused. I tried calling the local radio stations and either 1) couldn't get ahold of them or 2) was referred to the station director, who is unavailable. I even called the local news (felt like an idiot but at least I did it) and they said they would pass it on to the producers and get back to me. I'm on hold with Wal-Mart right now to ask if they'll let me hand out flyers, and I'm about to just throw my hands up and park the truck in a shopping plaza near a main drag with a big old sign, like churches do for car washes (called churches too and can't get anyone at all). Any ideas?