hey everyone, i'm in a nurse up here in (cold) canada--toronto.
we certainly have enough social problems of our own here to deal with but i just wanted to share a quick personal story.
as soon as katrina hit hard i started searching around my community to see which organizations were sending relief down so i could chip in. i kept searching and searching and to my frustration NO ONE was sending anything down. not any local churches, not the ambulance or fire departments (which, btw, sent TONS of aide for tsunami as well as grenadian victims of h. ivan.). absolutely no one that i could find.
i was so hurt and angry because i didn't have much money or resouces and really didn't know how to help any other way. i prayed about it and made a pledge in my mind to send down $500 of aide even though i didnt know where the money would be coming from. soon after i got a work contract which in total paid me out a good bit of money and i was able to pay my remaining debts, and give my donation joyfully to these dear people.
my personal choice for giving was as follows:
when the katrina telethons came on i gave $50 (that was before my contract)
$150 oprah's network (they say that each $50 000 will build a home for someone and that sounded good to me)
$150 to feed the children (they seemed legit and had a program on the website specifically to help katrina victims)
$400 to buy TONS of stuff and sent it down in a big box to a local parish where apparently people are there on a daily basis round the clock needing supplies and help. this took the most time and effort especially to pack.
(not to sound negative or preachy but i didn't want to give to the red cross because i figure they must have collected at least a billion dollars from people for katrina and i think by now could have been doing a lot more to help--more aid on regular basis, more food stamps, and local housing being built in a major way to help rebuild these people's lives in an immediate
way.) just imo.
it just seemed like a biblical thing for me, because where i had nothing i just reached in the basket and fish (aid) just kept pouring out and i had more than enough to give and help others, when initially i didn't know where the aide would come from.
i know everyone has their own special charity. i will continue to give to oprah's angel network, habitat for humanity, as well as direct giving. if anyone knows of others you can share iwth me, pls. pm me.
thanks for listening,