I’m so heartbroken over what’s happening in Haiti that it seems wrong somehow to blog (or Facebook) about anything else right now. But I also know that tragedy needs to be met with a balance of reflection, action and willingness to remember all that is beautiful.
We’ve probably all had enough reflecting. I, for one, feel bombarded with horrendous details of the tragedy even though I don’t watch the news. And, as far as action goes, the Red Cross has made it amazingly easy; text Haiti to 90999 to donate $10. So, next week, I vow to move on to the beautiful.
But for now, I’ll leave you with one last easy and meaningful way to act, if you’re looking for a way to contribute.
Soles4Souls is accepting donations of gently worn rugged shoes to help the rescue effort. God knows we’re praying that there are still people to rescue and that the volunteers can get to the victims safely and quickly. But soon, the moment will have passed, and efforts will be more focused on recovery than rescue. And soon after that, rebuilding will have to start quickly as the monsoon season for this too beleaguered region is on the horizon.
It’s easy to go to the Soles4Souls site and find out where you can donate some shoes. There are drop-off points across the country. Dig through your own closet or email your friends and have them drop their shoes at your place. With any luck, you’ll wake up to a bin of heartwarming generosity, a bucket of rugged soles ready to get down to work. I did: