I attempt to be a optimistic particular person, however man – it is solely Tuesday and it is already been a reasonably terrible week. Between the devastation mounting in Puerto Rico two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit, Texas and Florida and the Virgin Islands solely starting their very own lengthy roads to restoration after Irma and Maria, and the horrific taking pictures in Las Vegas yesterday (as of the time I am typing this, there are 59 useless in what’s the worst mass taking pictures in our nation’s historical past), there appears to be a reasonably darkish cloud hovering recently. And additionally, Tom Petty died. I imply, come on universe. What is occurring?
I usually reserve Links I Love put up for Fridays, and I had a unique put up scheduled for in the present day. But reality be informed, I simply did not really feel proper posting one thing lighthearted in the present day (and the put up I had scheduled was simply that). And whereas I did have a Links I Love put up deliberate for this Friday, I actually do not suppose I may have sat right here and written a few cute pair of denims I discovered on-line or a humorous hyperlink I got here throughout about puppies or one thing. I imply sure, for pete’s sake, lets attempt to preserve some humor and easy pleasures in our lives proper now fairly than permitting ourselves to fully fall right into a pit of despair and quit totally – however let’s not disguise from actuality both.
All of this mentioned, I am bumping up this week’s Links I Love put up and utilizing it to share hyperlinks of the way to assist. Let’s not let these horrible occurrences fade into the background you guys. Even if we won’t all pack our baggage and journey to those areas that want us and commit our lives to volunteering, there are small issues we will do this I really consider can collectively make a distinction. Thoughts and prayers are so necessary however they don’t seem to be sufficient. We have to take motion. (And whereas I contemplate myself to be a reasonably political particular person, I select to not focus on politics on the weblog. But I’ll say that taking motion through contacting your representatives is a means to assist too. A robust one.)
HELPING LAS VEGAS
If you’re within the state of Nevada, go give blood. United Blood Services started taking blood yesterday at two areas: 6930 W. Charleston in Las Vegas, and 601 Whitney Ranch Drive in Henderson.
A fundraiser referred to as the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund has been created by the Clark County Commission Chair. So far, it has already raised $2 million for the victims and their households.
The National Compassion Fund will ship 100% of proceeds on to the victims, in line with the National Center for Victims of Crime. The NCVC began an analogous fund after the Pulse nightclub taking pictures.
HELPING PUERTO RICO
The Puerto Rican authorities issued a guide that lists their most wanted emergency provides it wants essentially the most. National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) is coordinating donations.
Global Giving has a fund in place to offer reduction to survivors within the type of emergency provides like meals, water, and drugs along with longer-term restoration help to assist residents recuperate and rebuild. All donations to this fund will solely assist any essential hurricane reduction and restoration efforts within the Caribbean.
HELPING THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
An official website has been arrange for the restoration effort within the Virgin Islands after they have been hit by each Irma and Maria, with data being up to date usually. Donations could be made immediately by way of this site.
HELPING THOSE AFFECTED BY IRMA IN FLORIDA
NPR put together a great article final month that record quite a few methods, each financial and in any other case, to assist these in Florida that have been affected by Irma.
HELPING THOSE AFFECTED BY HARVEY IN TEXAS
It’s been a month since I wrote this put up on 10 ways to directly help those affected by Harvey, but it surely’s nonetheless related, they usually nonetheless want our assist.
Thank you for studying, and for caring. And when you have different methods to assist I’ve missed, please let me know within the feedback or through e mail. In the phrases of my all-time favourite band the Grateful Dead, “a technique or one other, this darkness obtained to provide.”