I don’t want you to think I was afraid. Or blind. Or unaware of what’s been happening.
2017 has been a doozy none of us expected.
There’s been war, starting at the top. Well, maybe that was somewhat expected. We’ve had anniversaries of tragedy, as well as hate-fueled marches that sent our country back to a place I couldn’t imagine was real. And finally, there’s been unfathomable natural disasters. With fires in California, Texas still struggles with something Houston has never seen. And with Florida next on the list, it makes me wonder…when will it end?
While I didn’t take any time to blog over the weekend, I had a lot of time to think. Being deliriously sick will do that to a girl. Sleep, rest, rinse, and repeat. Sigh. Side note: being sick makes you realize who your friends are. And it’s the one and only time this strong, independent woman just wanted to give up the jig for just a minute. But that’s not my story today.
Today I’m talking about Houston.
I don’t think I can say much more that hasn’t already been said. On this Tuesday, I want to simply share my love and provide some resources to help. I know I can’t physically go there to assist, and for now, I’ll be spending my week monitoring the next monster headed our way. But that doesn’t mean all of us can’t help from afar.
I’m so proud of how many of us have joined together to help, whether through donations, sending money, or physically being there to assist those who will walk away with nothing once the water recedes. When the water is gone, what is left? There is so much work to be done and help we can give. I can’t even look at the videos of all the animals being saved anymore, even if it warms my heart and breaks it – all in the same breath.
Last week, I donated to the Red Cross and the SPCA. While I’ve heard mixed reviews about the RC, I urge you to donate even $5 to one of the organizations below. Every little bit helps. And hey, what’s better than helping someone when they need it most? You don’t need that latte today anyway.
And here are some others.
Finally, if you have more organizations to share, please do so in my comments. Thank you, thank you everyone! And send some good vibes for poor Florida and the Caribbean in the face of Irma, which is headed our way this weekend. America doesn’t need any more natural disasters. I think I speak for all of us when I say we need a break from 2017.
Happy week, my little flamingos.