You and I are blessed.
In our warm, comfortable homes, we sip ridiculously expensive coffee, and type away on our lap top computers while watching Glee on our DVRs. Even though we all have challenges and hardships in our lives, we enjoy must of the best that life has to offer.
Yet a mere 700 or so miles off of the Florida coast, an entire nation that had next to nothing has now been left with absolutely nothing. Tonight in Haiti, more than 100,000 are feared dead, and that is just a shot in the dark since no one really has any idea how to start counting the missing. In the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, there are little to no medical supplies, food, water, or shelter. Millions of people have been left homeless and sleep on the streets among the rubble, fearful for their lives.
I haven’t been able to turn off my TV all day. The scenes of the nightmare in Haiti are devastating, and the news from that country is just getting worse. I made my donation to the American Red Cross this morning, and I sit here wishing that there was more that I, Lindsay, could do.
My friend and advertiser, Beki, of The Rusted Chain (formerly called Pampering Beki), is doing more. She has dedicated one of her beautiful handstamped necklaces as a fundraiser for the disaster relief in Haiti. For every necklace she sells, Beki will donate $10 to Compassion International, which is working to assist the affected children and families in Haiti.
You and I are blessed, I tell you.
To purchase your necklace and help support the victims in Haiti, please visit Beki’s Etsy shop here and buy the Blessed necklace. Beki will be relisting this necklace each time one is purchased, so if you go to her site and don’t see one, don’t panic. Either bookmark the page and check back in a few hours or contact Beki directly through her Etsy shop and she will list one for you. Beki will continue donating $10 from the sale of each Blessed necklace as long as there is desperate need in Haiti.
In addition, I thought I would add a MckLinky below so that you could post a link to your favorite charity that is specifically helping with relief efforts in Haiti. In a country where most citizens live on $1 a day, there is so much need for those of us who are much more fortunate to help left them up.
We are blessed.
When making charitable donations, please make sure you are not falling for one of the scams that will inevitably begin popping up soon. CharityNavigator.org has put together a list of reputable organizations who are assisting with relief efforts in Haiti. I will check the organizations listed below and remove any that I have an uneasy feeling about.