January 16, 2010

Getting Help to Haiti

I made a mistake. Our young family friend is in Haiti. I thought he was still at home, but I misunderstood my husband. He just wasn't in Port Au Prince at the time.

He is there now.

He works for an established group there called Hope for Haiti. Throughout the community donations are being taken to get to his organization.

Meanwhile, a girlfriend of mine is gathering essentials that a local church, already well established in Haiti, is getting to their sister church. That is my task for tomorrow.

My closet has been breeding running shoes. I was cleaning it the last week of Christmas vacation when I found no less than five pairs of running shoes all with too many miles from marathon training, but still good shoes. They don't have the support to run, but they are plenty fine for foot coverings. I've been wondering what to do with them as one only needs so many pairs of 'yard shoes' and afterall, I have those sexy black rubber boots.

My question has been answered. My old running shoes are going to Haiti, along with all the clothes in my closet that I no longer wear. Surely I'm not the only woman with clothes in her closet that fit the category of "When I lose that last 10 pounds, I'll wear that again..."

No I won't. If I lose that last 10 pounds, I'll buy new smaller clothes. The women in Haiti get those clothes now. It's all casual, but all still wearable for warm weather.

I'm going through my boys' closets too. I suspect I'll have quite a bit of clothing for the church. The last time we cleaned our closets like this was Hurricane Katrina. I sent bags and bags of clothes to Mississippi... and I know it all got there because it was the brother of a neighbor who lived in one of those stricken towns that drove it, in a borrowed truck from a neighbor who owns a produce company.

It's all about pulling together.

So that's what we're doing tomorrow... cleaning closets and packing it up. It may take awhile to get there as Haiti is inundated with flights trying to get in, but it will get there eventually and those folks are going to be in need... for a long damn time.

If you happen to live in the Naples, FL area... this link will show you what they need. Hope for Haiti will get it there. Go HERE.

I believe there will be a drop point in northern Palm Beach County as well. If you live in this area and can provide anything on that list, I'll get you the drop point. Email me...

Posted by Boudicca at January 16, 2010 10:19 PM

"It's all about pulling together."
That's what Americans do best.

Posted by: patti at January 17, 2010 02:09 PM

Patti- It is what we do best. Unfortunately, both our political groups love to pull us apart... the extremists. We lose sight of it at times, what we do best.

Posted by: Bou at January 17, 2010 02:38 PM

Thank you for the link. We are pretty far from you but thankfully there is an online way to send money. I wish we could send more but am glad to know every penny counts.

Posted by: Lemon Stand at January 17, 2010 06:35 PM

call me. I'll have at least 2 bags full of kids stuff for you by tomorrow afternoon. Shoes and clothes.

Posted by: vw bug at January 17, 2010 06:35 PM