Deep Thoughts about Natural Disasters & Helping Each Other

Hello everyone, I hope this finds you well. Despite a slew of disasters ravishing our beloved country right now. Harvey has devastated south east Texas and it’s tragic, heartbreaking. Another part of the country is bracing for Irma. And in my little corner of the country the Pacific Northwest, it’s on fire. Both Washington and Oregon are fighting wildfires. One is my forever home state and one is my much loved adopted home state.

Also on fire is Montana which is one of my most favorites places with its captivating beauty, and rugged charm. Honestly, you could ‘meet me in Montana’ any day. I love so much about that great state. California is dealing with major fires of their own. It has been very smoky around here, and all I can think of are the people in the midst of that. It’s so sad. Which doesn’t even describe it but words are superfluous in a time like this, even for a wordsmith like myself. 

All of these horrible events currently happening in our country, right now just reminds me that it’s time to love your neighbor again. To offer a helping hand to those in need. To put aside your differences, your feelings of entitlement and to help each other. To just be the helping human being trying to do what is right that we were all born to do before we were jaded by life and the thoughts in our head that society and the media told us we should have. Listen to your heart, and think what if it was you or your loved ones.

Now most of us may not live in an area that is effected, it fact most of the country doesn’t, but that doesn’t mean we can’t help. May be you can’t volunteer your time to relief efforts, or cleaning and rebuilding efforts but you can make a donation of any size or you can send supplies.

So many things you’ve used today, someone somewhere wishes that they had. How much was that fancy coffee and designer bottled water? Think about that. And how many people just wish they had some clean water and a change of clothes. I’m not trying to make you feel bad, I just feel wretched with sadness thinking of this.

Many items are in need: bottled water, non perishable food items, toiletries of all kinds for both men and women, baby diapers and food, dog and cat food, livestock feed, hay, trash bags, gloves, cleaning supplies. The basic necessitates, we use every day.

It is overwhelming to find a charity you can trust, there’s a lot of scammers out there attempting to profit from these tragedies and let me tell you something there is a special place in hell for those people. But don’t be discouraged, there are good charities out there. Do your research and go with your gut instinct.

Here’s a few links to get you started but there is many more as well. The link on Hurricane Harvey is for charity navigator and will let you find a charity suited to what you most would like to support and my favorite part is it includes the local organizations. Local charities are the best to support in my humble opinion because fighting to take care of your home is like nothing else.

Montana Wild Fires

Eagle Creek Fire in Oregon  

North Central Washington State Fires

Hurricane Harvey  

I feel really strongly that these disasters are a wake up call. For many reasons, and I could go on about how our forests could be managed better but that isn’t my point right now. But mostly because after the last couple of years of complete human on human anger, angst and blame it’s easy to forget that we’re all on the same team.

We are human beings trying to make a great life for ourselves and our families, and we need to help each other. It’s basic human instinct to help each other. Which is surprising in this day and age but it really is and evidence of it goes way back into our histories.  We are not a single person on an island, we evolved in large families and communities where the saying ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ really came from.

Also, I feel sadden that the wildfires have not received much national attention. I completely understand the magnitude of hurricane Harvey, and I am not saying it is undeserving of it’s coverage but even in that there is many areas outside of Huston affected too. Maybe there is just to much tragedy to cover. But I would like the rest of the country to know that there is devastating fires here and they need your help too.

How will you support the wildfire and hurricane victims?

Thanks for listening  – Maria

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