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GOP Sends Care Packages from St. Paul to Gustav Evacuees

September 3, 2008

St. Paul, MN - Gulf Coast residents are breathing a sigh of relief after damage from Hurricane Gustav was far less than expected. Many evacuated families are still far from home, however, and delegates to the Republican National Convention in Minnesota are spending hours putting together care packages for those displaced by the storm.

Maryland state legislator Tony O'Donnell says he and the rest of his state's delegation are rolling up their sleeves today.

"We're going to travel over to the Minneapolis Convention Center very early in the morning, zero-dark-thirty! We're going to go over there and pack some care packages to send down south for relief."

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee John McCain had called on the party over the weekend to scale back convention plans and focus on relief efforts. Washington State delegate Fredi Simpson says the party's decision to tone down the rhetoric of the convention on "Day One" was the right call.

"We need to remember what Sen. McCain has told us, and that's to stop being Republicans for awhile and let's be Americans. That's what we're planning on doing."

Millions of Gulf Coast residents were evacuated to shelters and adjacent states, taking with them few possessions or supplies. New Orleans residents are being asked not to return to the city yet; it will likely be later this week when they get the okay to go home.

Eric Mack/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - MN