As I suspect many of you are and have been.....consumed by the news of the situation in Haiti, I feel like life has been moving in slow motion as I keep myself glued to the television, checking on the latest news out of Haiti. Such a tragedy for everyone involved, either directly or indirectly, and a tragedy whose affects are not going to go away quickly. Hopefully our awareness and attention will not go away quickly, either. Just as many have already said, perhaps the one good thing that might come out of this act of Mother Nature is awareness of a country that needs a great deal of help from those more fortunate.
I will never claim to be free of the fact that I often live only "in my world". I have lived all over the Western world, from Alaska to Florida to Europe. I have traveled to nearly every State of the United States, and to many foreign countries from Mexico to Austria. But.....I have never suffered nor lived in a manner that MOST of the Haitian population endures daily.....even BEFORE the earthquake shook their world to a pile of rubble. I have experienced the affects of the Great Alaskan earthquake, but the level of destruction was nothing compared to what we are seeing from the media coverage of Haiti.
As we in the US have been made well aware, there are many, many quick and easy ways for all of us to give either a large or small amount to help any number of great organizations as we reach out to our fellow mankind. Rather than share my own choices for donation, I will direct you to the CNN website for a list of safe and deserving organizations.
One of my own ways of giving is to offer the pictured set of dolls on Ebay, with 100% of the sales amount being given to UNICEF. I hope that you will consider bidding, and will also share this offer with others, and perhaps consider doing something similar yourself.
Over the last week it is wonderful to see the amount of funds that have been raised, with some folks giving only a small amount. Each penny counts. That's a fact. The simple method of texting gives a donation of $10. We can all perhaps find that within our budgets.
Thank you for listening to my rambles. Give from your heart, think of the children and the adults that you can help with any amount, and pray. Prayers work. Prayers are answered. Keep the faith, and never forget the children that need your help. Thank you, Trudy