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Wednesday, January 13

Haiti

Today I was going to post about something entirely unimportant in the grand scheme of things. But I think everyone will understand why I’ve postponed that post.
CNN has reported that hundreds of thousands of people have died in Haiti. Hundreds of thousands.
I don’t even have one thousand real life friends and family members. I cannot fathom that number and the suffering and grief it represents.
A hospital collapsed. A hospital.
Homes, gone.
Today I sit in my nice apartment. I have power. I have clean, running water. I am enjoying the company of my child who is safe, and healthy. And later, we will have lunch and I will have my choice of a wide variety of food.
I am rich.
I live a life of peace and luxury.
We donated last night to the Red Cross. There are many organizations pleading for help. Please, don’t pray, pay.
Even if all you can give is a dollar, that dollar matters. It matters a lot. A dollar might not buy a cup of coffee where you live, but in this situation a dollar is powerful.
Do what you can.
And tonight, hug your family. Enjoy them.
We are all rich.
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Laila/Mantras For Motherhood said...

It is so sad. I don't even know what to say because you summed it up so eloquently. The next time we all take a shower or a bath we need to remember we are bathing in drinking water. It kinda puts it into perspective... :o(

Jenni said...

it breakes my heart. Both my babies got extra cuddles this morning. Thank you for suggesting making a donation.

Sarah @ barefaced approach said...

This breaks by heart but you are absolutely correct. It's silly that we take so much for granted. You nailed it - we are rich. Beautifully said.

Heather, aka Jake's Mommy said...

Hundreds of thousands of people gone .... it's seriously just shocking and so very, very sad.

Heather said...

You are SO right. I gave to Compassion International's Christian Disaster Relief Fund today. A mere $35 over there will buy supplies and food for a family for a week. If you are interested as well go here: https://www.compassion.com/contribution/giving/disasterrelief.htm?referer=105910#SponsorButtons
Thanks for reflecting on things that matter, Domestic Dork.
-Heather @ www.savingmoneylivinglife.blogspot.com

Two Normal Moms said...

You said it well! Thanks for that.
***Ally

Judy said...

This is my only comment or tweet today. You can text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross relief for Haiti.

Sunday said...

Amen! Thanks for saying what I have been feeling all day!

Momma Pixie said...

I couldn't agree more! I read a quote today that won't stop ringing in my head... "A lot important things became unimportant today." Tweeted by marvinady

Insanitykim said...

Amen girl!

It's overwhelming; our church has missionaries there, so I know there will be ways we can all help in the next days, weeks, and years to come. For now prayer; the pictures are heartbreaking and yes, we MUST be thankful for everything we have!

CynthiaK said...

It's so true. We are blessed and lucky to live where we do. We need to be grateful more often. I think I have to go donate right now.

Melodie said...

Thank you for this post and for telling people to pay, not pray. Money is what is needed right now. Thanks for being one of the givers.

Chanda the Eco-Cheap Mom said...

Thank you so much for this post, and thanks for the link to donate.

I must disagree with you though. I think the people of Haiki need both donations AND prayer! I myself am doing both.

One Cluttered Brain said...

My heart goes out with those people in Haiti right now. Yup my prayers are with them. Thanks for this post.

Rita/Fighting Off Frumpy said...

I agree! I donated to the Red Cross today too.

Wanna know what's irritating, though? On my Facebook status today, I urged people to donate $10 to the Red Cross via text (HAITI to 90999) or $5 through Wyclef Jean's foundation, Yele Haiti. Then I said "please pass this on."

I have two-hundred-sixty-something Facebook friends ... and NOT A SINGLE ONE reposted, or posted anything at all about how we can help Haiti, for that matter. Yet, just the other day, I'd say 85% of my friends were quick to post their bra color "to raise breast cancer awareness."

So frustrating!!!

Carla said...

How about pray AND pay???? Wonderful reminder of how blessed we are.

Heather @ Two Little Monkeys said...

Thank you for posting this. It is very tragic.

Nikki said...

Thanks for the post. My thoughts, prayers and spare cash are going to them. Several bloggers have started a site to help raise funds. You can visit hope-for-haiti.blogspot.com to see what they are raffling off.

Heather said...

Thank you so much for reminding us what is important and that we are so wealthy ...in spirit and goods.

This is something I try to remember every day.

Jenny said...

Great post. We are so blessed aren't we?

I have an award for you over on my blog!

Dreamer said...

It's sad that it takes something like this for us to realize how blessed we really are. It makes all the other "stuff" just seem petty!

lauren said...

well said.

WhisperingWriter said...

Fantstic post.

We ARE rich.

I have definately been praying for the people of Haiti. I can't even imagine.

Meanbean said...

I"m with you, praying and paying when I can. My heart breaks hearing about the devistation, I just can't even imagine, and I wish those people didn't have to live that reality

Kimmy C said...

Crafthope.com has also opened an Etsy shop where 100% of the proceeds will benefit Doctors without Borders in their struggle to provide medical care to those suffering in Haiti.

The Etsy shop, http://www.etsy.com/shop/crafthope, features handmade items donated by crafters like myself. Please take a look at the shop, if there is something that catches you are, remind yourself it is for a good cause and make that purchase!

Jessie Kaitlin said...

Thank you for your post. Haiti has been weighing on my heart. When my husband gets his next check, we will be donating.
I only hope that others will do the same. Every dollar can help.

Jenny said...

Oh how I wish I could help. But I can't. But I has a thought for them in my heart. :)

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