By: Natalie Jean
Where do I even begin? With all the sad things going on in the world right now, its hard to find a place to start this post. My heart grieves for those who have been injured or even killed last week with the shooting in Las Vegas. I am saddened to know that there are people in multiple ares of the United States and Puerto Rico who have no clean water, electricity, or food. Their homes and business are destroyed; their lives altered forever.
The other day I was scrolling through Twitter when I saw this quote: "I don't believe prayer and civil action are mutually exclusive." -Brene Brown
It made me stop and really think about the truth in those words. Prayer is so powerful and important, but so is physically doing something. It can be hard to get started though, there are so many websites and organizations asking for money, resources, and physical help. What can we do?
Today I felt the need to share a few simple ways, in addition to prayer and raising awareness on social media, that we as Americans can help the people suffering from these tragedies. Terrorism, natural disasters, loss, fear, and lack of hope are scary. Let's join together in helping those who are dealing with them.
Donate. This may be one of the easier ways to help. It only takes a bit of time and generosity. There are so many different websites and organizations asking for help, but how do you know which ones you can trust and where the money, etc. is going? Do a little bit of research before you click that donate button, or visit one of these links below.
Donate Blood- The American Red Cross has blood drives all over the country and they are always accepting blood for those in need (whether from illness, disaster, or attacks like the one in Las Vegas).
Donate Money- Donations to The Salvation Army are tax deductible and will help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Recovery and Relief Efforts through Global Giving.
Lost pets need help too! Austin Pets Alive is taking donations and adoptions for animals in need of loving, safe homes. Lose a pet? They have lists of all the ones they've found too.
Donate Items- Project Night Night helps homeless children all across the US including those affected by the natural disasters.
In addition to donations, you can take a stand and do what's right. See something? Say something. If you see someone acting suspicious in public, then tell the local authorities, transportation employees, etc. If it looks like someone needs help, help them! Put others before yourself. The world will be a better, happier place when we choose love and kindness first.
We hope that these options encourage you to step out and do something in the wake of all the terrible things going on. We hope that you show a little kindness and do a good deed for someone else. Not only are our prayers with the families who lost loved ones, with those suffering from loss of homes and food and money from the hurricanes and earthquakes, and with those who are still waiting for help, but let our actions speak louder than words because maybe your donation is an answer to prayer. Maybe your relief efforts are giving people hope. Keep helping, keep loving.
As a special thank you, we've made this free phone screensaver for you. Remember: above all, love.