Neighbors bring food with death, and flowers with sickness, and little things in between.
Haiti is our neighbor. Already millions of dollars have poured into aid organizations. I know the first group I gave to was the American Red Cross when I heard they were out of medical supplies yesterday. Other groups in need of monetary donations are listed here.
For me, and maybe for you as well, pressing the "donate" button on a website doesn't quell my urge to help. I want to physically respond, to keep my hands busy. I may be limited by means and materials, but I do have a stash of fabric and a sewing machine. For that desire, I have found an outlet. I am going to make small blankets for the group Giving Children Hope.
Here's a comment from the organization regarding this post:
Hi, this is Jenise from Giving Children Hope. You can see our news report here http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=weather/earthquake_center&id=7217433 and the story on our website here http://www.gchope.org/earthquake-rocks-haiti.html
Yes, this is a community effort. The story is so heart-breaking I keep bursting into tears. It is tragic. If you can help - we all need to help Haiti!
I hope you will join me. They accept other material goods such as washcloths and pillows. You could knit or crochet as well as sew. It is a good way of reaching out, especially during these times when you may not have the economic resources to contribute. Handmade goods offer another benefit for the recipients, to immediately connect with the heartfelt concern from the outside world.
I have made a little blog badge that you can use if you want to join this effort. Right now it links to this post but I would encourage you to take a moment and write down your own thoughts about the earthquake and connect the badge to that post.
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