This horrendous events in Haiti are weighing heavily on my mind. As a mother I cannot imagine the nightmare that the people are enduring right now. Actually, I can imagine, and I do.. it makes my heart race, my head hurt and my spirit crash. How are we (am I) so blessed, and yet others in the world can suffer so harshly? War has justification, (or atleast we can sometimes justify it in our own minds) but seemingly random acts of violence from Mother Nature are so hard to understand. I can't even comprehend the narrow mindedness of those who say it was God's will. God's will to eliminate tens of thousands of children, mothers, fathers?? Good people who struggle everyday?? I don't buy into that.
Since December 27, this wee blog/site has had over 10 thousand visitors from 87 countries. Everyone comes here for the same reason. They have a love for vintage images, old fonts, freebies. They are sitting in front computers, all searching for the similar things. Such a mundane thing to bind us so close together. We don't speak the same language or have the same alphabet. Some are in the throws of winter and others are sitting in 100 degree weather. We don't eat the same foods or wear the same clothes, but we are the same. We love our children, families, music. It doesn't matter what religion we are, we still shed tears when we lose a loved one, and when something so tragic happens in the world, we all lift our heads and hearts and our minds wander to the nightmares occurring elsewhere.
It's such a small thing, please, for all of the lovely images you have received here, (like the ones above) if it is at all possible, please make a donation to the Salvation Army. Every bit counts.. if each visitor from the past few weeks can donate just $1 for all of the lovely images they have grabbed that is $10,000. If everyone could donate $10 that's $100,000 and THAT makes a BIG difference.
You can donate any amount through PayPal at the Salvation Army's website. Remember though, they probably pay a fee or percentage for each donation (ie.. when I get payments PayPal charges me a minimum of 45 cents per transaction.. so if someone paid me $1.00 I'd only get 55 cents)
If you have donated by text message kudos!! It helps, but it won't help for a while. Your cell phone bill has to get printed, mailed, then you have to pay it. Once the cell company receives your payment, then the money gets forwarded to the organization it was earmarked for. Meaning, your $10 text might not see Haiti for 2 months.. or longer. They need it now.
You can also donate through the International Red Cross. The minimum donation they accept over the internet is $15.
For the Salvation Army page to donate to Haiti CLICK HERE.
For other languages at the International Red Cross CLICK HERE.
These sites are busy. It took me a few minutes to donate (you don't think I'd ask you donate if I hadn't, would you?) But it went smoothly. Make sure you follow all prompts to complete the transaction.
It is amazing how much your heart will lift knowing that you have helped. My grandfather was a sailor in the US Navy. He told my mother how much the Salvation Army meant to him when they'd pull into port. They were always there with cigarettes, food, drinks, socks, whatever the sailors needed. The Salvation Army never charged for any of it. He never forgot that and it meant enough to him to tell his eldest daughter. Although he has been gone for many years,my mother makes a sizeable to donation to them every year. It helps her keep his memory alive. Your donations don't have to have as much meaning for them to make an impression. We go about our lives without much consideration of others. Perhaps you could stay home this weekend and eat in. A trip to movies and McDonald's can run $30-40 for a couple, more for a family. Take what you 'saved' and help someone. It could even be a homeless shelter in your neighborhood. It all adds up.