Hi Everybody-As many of you know I have been working since mid September at a non-profit organization that ships medical supplies, sneakers, teddy bears and much more. I was officially back to volunteering at the end of the year but had volunteered two days a week last week and then two days this week and was planning on having the rest of the week to work at my VA job and get some things done for myself.
Well plans changed when this earthquake devastated Haiti. Anytime there is a natural disaster we are right in the middle of it. Gearing up to send lifesaving medical supplies, water, basic necessities that we all take for granted but would need if disaster struck any one of us. I sat in on a staff meeting when I was there yesterday to decide what we were going to do about setting up collection sites.
We are at a local grocery store today from 4-7p.m. and Friday from 1-8 and 10-4 Saturday at Sam's Club. It was fascinating and wonderful to watch a team of nine people pull together to organize relief effort. I loved it. It just did my heart good to see this. I know a lot of people say we need to do something but what can one person do you might ask. A LOT!!!!!
What is the #1 thing that our body needs most of all besides food and we can't live without. SIMPLE.
When faced with a survival situation, clean drinkable water is often the most important consideration. People have survived without food for weeks or even months, but go without water for even just one day and the survivor will be in desperate straights indeed.
Knowing that water is by far the most important nutrient for the human body (besides oxygen) and, in particular, during a survival situation when finding potable water may not be easy, the question becomes - just how long can the human body survive without adequate water? I listened to the news this morning and last night and it is supposed to be 90* in Haiti today.
Now how much does a case of bottled water cost? $4.00-$5.00 So can you afford a case of water to help out? If you eat at a fast food restaurant or anywhere out once a week then you can afford the $5 it cost for a case of bottled water.
I bought this case of water at Wal-mart and it cost $3.88 plus tx. There is so many ways to help and if everybody does a little it adds up to a LOT!!!!!!
This is the website where you can donate as little as $5 for that case of water or as much as $250
In addition I have read a few posts today about where you can help. There are many places. I read one that was a feature post and it had an extensive list of places where you can HELP IN THE RELIEF EFFORT
There are also different organizations listed HERE plus a video about avoiding SCAMS.
As Americans we always come together in a crisis and this is no different. I am most proud to be an American and am very lucky and blessed to be able to know that where I work sometimes and volunteer sometimes makes a difference in people's lives. So YES, one person together with another and another can make a world of difference.
It reminds me of this video: WE ARE THE WORLD