During the wee hours on Wednesday, January 13th, while I twiddled my thumbs waiting for an email that didn't arrive until much later that morning, I switched the television set on and flipped through the channels. When nothing on HBO caught my attention, I tuned into a local channel to watch one of those mindless gossip shows that are telecasted in the middle of the night. What I saw was shocking and nothing to gossip about!
Earthquake in Haiti, 7.0 on the Richter scale! Haiti. I thought to myself ... "It's just a small island in the Caribbean, they're just getting over the hurricane season, and their country and people are so poor. OH NO!" The screen showed footage of horrific scenes and for a moment my mind couldn't digest the magnitude of what I was seeing. If I was having a hard time making this data compute, how horrible must it be to be someone having to live through the weight of it all? It was mind boggling, unbelievable and as my eyes filled with tears I went into high gear.
As I prayed fervent prayers for the victims and their departed family and friends, I called The Red Cross to donate a good but still modest amount, then I hurriedly grabbed some photographs from AP, wrote a blog post and provided a donation number along with a link to my appeal, I had issued to fellow members at BlogCatalog. Here is the link, if you care to read and see the unfolding of hours spent, steps taken, and posts written.
Eventually we linked to BloggersUnite in a combined effort to invite nonmembers to join in. We Tweeted, Facebooked, Emailed and talked to our neighbors, too. We managed to give a far-reaching helping hand. Here is their link:
There are those who cry, "I can't afford to give." Catherine Ponder, author of "The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity" claims, "You can't afford, not to give!" When you share or give your portion however large or small, to someone who truly needs your assistance, the very act of giving and helping them, makes you, the giver, rich indeed.
I will keep posting about donting on my blog, "Sleeping Kitten - Dancing Dog!", and tweeting and contacting more of my friends in an attempt to keep this in the forefront of our thoughts. Already I have set aside some of my fun-things-to-do money, and a percentage of my grocery budget, in order to give on a weekly basis. Keeping in mind that when these initial supplies run out, as we all are aware they must, more will be needed.
An early Call-To-Arms was answered by Bloggers who made a huge impact on a little island called Haiti, and I pray the great loss these people have suffered can be eased somewhat, by the love we are sending out to them in our global effort.