Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Thoughts and Sorrow
The huge natural and human disaster currently unfolding in Haiti is heartbreaking. I have strong empathy, on one level, having been through a number of earthquakes during the years I lived in Anchorage. In Alaska we were blessed that none of the earthquakes were very destructive, like this current one, and also, the devastating one in Alaska back in the '60's, meant that all the rebuilding had been done to better survive any future ones...unlike the structures in Haiti.
As I was working and watching CNN, I was overwhelmed with realizing just how blessed I am to be living a life I choose and enjoying my work and my cats (and Dakota), and realizing that even in a deep economic recession, our country is so wealthy, relatively speaking.
The Haitians need help. I've given to the Red Cross, but in the "cash" department, things are a little tight since I've just paid my bills, so I don't have as much to spare as I'd like. I'm thinking I should figure out a way to donate more by maybe giving a percentage from my art sales/Etsy sales/Artfire sales during a period of time here...I've never tried anything like this before.
I've donated artwork for various charity and fund raising auctions for church, art centers, and other social service groups over many years, but never tried to raise money for a charity on my own. I think groups like the Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders are two timely groups, in a position to help Haiti. I'll give this some more thought and post more about it in a day or two, when I get my details figured out. What do you all think? Are you moved to give to charity with a disaster like this one? Have you thought about fund raising for this tragedy (or other tragedies past?)