I have a deep affinity for the South, I grew up in Oklahoma then went to grad school at Tulane in New Orleans & started my career at the Alley Theatre in Houston. Watching the coverage of Katrina a few years ago ripped my heart in two.
That's why when my friend Margaret Jankowski asked if I wanted to go down to Houma, Louisiana after the BP oil spill I jumped at the chance to go down and help her start a project called Seahope Partners. That week we worked out the pattern and construction of these great messenger bags made from used sails. Those bags are now being sold through the Seahope website and they help to fund community support in the gulf region. Check it out, they make great carry-all and would be a really meaningful gift.