NEW ORLEANS, LA – Aid has officially begun trickling out of the state, as the first aircraft laden with thoughts and prayers departed New Orleans Louis Armstrong Airport early this morning headed for earthquake victims in Ecuador. A flight also took off shortly after headed for Japan.
Both countries have been affected by strong earthquakes in the last week, and the generosity of Louisiana residents was clear as almost 1.5 million thoughts and prayers were donated to the American Red Cross in the past five days alone, all of which will definitely help victims in rebuilding their lives.
A small ceremony was held at the airport prior to the flights departure, in which New Iberia resident Joni Breaux, official world record holder for ‘Most Prayers Sent Via Facebook’ cut a ribbon to mark the beginning of the aid shipments.
“Obviously our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by these natural disasters”, she said, “But to be able to box them up and send them directly to these people is wonderful. Money and canned goods are over-rated anyway. Those people are so lucky.”
Red Cross spokesperson Ravi Singh explained how the T’s and P’s would be distributed.
“One flight has just departed and headed for the Manabi Province in Ecuador, which was the hardest-hit area”, he said, “We have approximately 800,000 thoughts and prayers on board that particular flight. 400,000 of those will go to the people of the Manabi Province, whilst the other 400,000 will be shared pretty evenly between the surrounding areas. Our second flight is headed for Kikuchi, Japan. We have about 700,000 T’s and P’s on that plane, and again most of those will be headed to Kikuchi itself.”
He went on to thank the people of Louisiana for their unbound generosity.
“We truly appreciate all the thoughts and prayers that have been donated”, he said, “They won’t help at all in terms of rebuilding homes, or feeding people, or treating the sick – but I’m sure the people in Ecuador and Japan will be somewhat thankful. I can’t wait to see their faces when they see these huge crates arrive, and they think it’s full of drinking water or something. Oh man, that’ll be a Kodak moment.”
You can still donate your T’s and P’s by heading to any local Facebook news outlet page and typing “thoughts and prayers” into the comment section.