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Bouquets & Brickbats

They get what they deserve

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The Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN)

and the University of Texas Medical Branch, which partnered to address Gulf Coast communities in the aftermath of the BP oil disaster, purchased and distributed food, water and other supplies to Gulf residents affected by Hurricane Isaac. LEAN activated its Hands of Hope relief project in the wakes of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, providing more than $800,000 in aid to residents after those storms.



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Kohl's Department Stores

donated $150,000 to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Isaac relief efforts and encouraged employees to volunteer as part of its Associates in Action program. Kohl's also will donate to nonprofit organizations supported by volunteers. Since 2001, more than 500,000 employees have logged more than 1.6 million hours of volunteer time as part of the store's Associates in Action program.



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WWL-TV and Tipitina's

hosted the Concert 4 Flood Relief Sept. 14 to benefit victims of Hurricane Isaac and its ensuing floods in south Louisiana. The live broadcast featured Mia Borders, Stooges Brass Band, Red Baraat and Honey Island Swamp Band. Proceeds benefited the United Way of Southeast Louisiana, which supports more than 80 nonprofit groups.



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Camden Sweet and Steven Schley

completed a 10-week canoe trip down the Mississippi River from Minnesota to New Orleans to raise money for the Mayo Clinic. In June 2011, Camden's mother died of a pulmonary embolism, and the pair wanted to use the Canoe 4 a Cause trip to spread awareness about pulmonary embolism and raise funds for pulmonary embolism research.

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