As I was making my three trips to CVS today I was listening to the radio, and the DJ was talking about items that are being accepted as donations for the Haitian earthquake victims. I had been wondering about this, as we aren't in too much of a position to make a very large monetary donation (we managed to squeeze $10 for the red cross, not bad), but we do have a lot of things we won't be able to use up during this new decade that may be of use to those 600 miles south of us. The DJ listed off a bunch of things that are being accepted at one of the gov't. buildings here, and I started getting excited as I was thinking about all the things we could put together to donate.
Then tonight I was checking blogs and reading about the PLETHORA of bloggers who are making donations in behalf of people who are doing something to help Haiti and blogging about it, then linking it to their site. It then occurred to me the amount of money we could vicariously donate, and how amazing that would be, because we would all be working together.
So, come Tuesday (when the gov't. office reopens and I can see the list of items they're accepting) I will put together the stuff we're able to donate and will take a picture. It will be of stuff we don't have an immediate need for, and that I've gotten from great couponing deals over the past few months. It's been too easy for me lately to get upset about silly things and to take for granted the most important things in my life. I wish it didn't take things like this to remind me how easy I have it. May our thoughts and prayers lift the heavy hearts of those who had so little and lost so much. Stay tuned...
UPDATE: Still looking into donating a few things, but it seems money would be the best. I'm still going on Tuesday to see if there are things I can donate that are light-weight and really needed (have been reading a few comments from people who just returned from serving there as missionaries), but I might have to get a bit more creative and see if we can come up with extra cash somehow.
After linking this post to various blogs I was able to aid in the donation of $112.20, 1 hour of service, and a 1% increase in proceeds from a fund raiser going to Haiti. WaHoo!!
I was surprised to find two comments on this post (I thought I was still the only one who ever visited it, ha!!) and I'm also going to try to think of something to do for every comment that is left (if I get any more, hey, a girl can dream :) ). Couponing has taught me that a little effort and determination can go a VERY long way, so we'll see what I come up with. Keep staying tuned :).