Friday, January 15, 2010

With a Heavy Heart for Haiti

Bonjour Mes Amis. I was all ready to sit down and write a fun Paris post but I just can't bring myself to do that. It is with such a heavy heart that I sit at the computer tonight.

After watching the news for last few days and seeing all of the sadness, horror, destruction, and loss, I can't seem to think about much else than the people of Haiti. I am holding my son and husband extra close and tight tonight and can't look at my son without feeling a huge wave of emotion. I feel so grateful and so blessed to have him home and safe in my arms. I can't imagine what all of those mothers are going through right now.

I have been on Facebook and browsing the blogs and there isn't much being said. Not like I thought there would be. People don't seem to care, I keep reading about how much traffic sucks and what's for dinner??? How do we look at those images and do nothing!?! I know what an incredible group of bloggers we all are and what presence and voice we have. Let's do something! Anything! Any ideas???

These people have less than nothing and have witnessed things that are unspeakable and unimaginable, the worst isn't over. If you know of anything we can do as a community please share.

Here are some things you can do if you are interested in helping out:

Text the word "HAITI" to 90999 to make your $10 donation. 100% of your $10 donation passes thru to The Red Cross for Haiti relief! Your mobile carrier keeps nothing. That's two trips to Starbucks for people who have less than nothing. Let's give them some hope. It takes only a minute.

all 55 Sports Chalet stores will be accepting gently worn men's, women's & kids shoes until Sunday, January 31st. All the shoes collected will be sent directly to Soles4Souls for distribution to the Haitian people - along with necessities such as food, bottled water, medical supplies and baby products. Spread the word! For more info click this link.

Support the American Red Cross. Even small donations add up. Here is the link

This is a great link with some organizations specifically helping Haiti. Here is the link

Talk about it, spread the word, have a fundraiser, be aware, and most importantly hold out hope for these people.

Sorry for the sad post tonight, but this is their reality right now and we can raise awareness and do what we can even if it's a little bit. So, hold your loved ones close tonight, give the kids an extra kiss and I love you, and when you get mad because traffic is bad or your stressing out, just think of these people and breath a sigh of relief as you count your blessings.

Please leave any additional info, ideas, or ways to help. Feel free to link up or share.

Goodnight my friends!

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  1. Dearest Judith,
    You are a praying heart....I am so touched. I should have known by your lovely manners and kind spirit. A child in my class came up with a fund-raising idea to help the victims, and we are going to set up a donation opportunity for the audience of our French play. I am so proud of my students for having thought outside of the classroom. Bisous, Anita

  2. My thoughts and prayers have been with all of those affected and I am so deeply sadened by it all. I hold my family and friends even closer now and value the life I lead as so much more precious!
    Thank you for sharing!! xOxO

  3. You have said what all of us are thinking. Thank you for doing so in such a beautiful way, Paris Atelier. much love, darling one.
    Marsha in Texas

  4. You're so right. It's a terrible disaster and people have died in hundreds. We must all pray for them all and help in any way we can. I bought something off ebay this week & was prompted to donate through a charity supporting the Haiti survivors. It's a little thing, but if each of us helps with every purchase, then it makes for a lot ....

  5. Thanks for the links I will go right now...Where would we be without the Red Cross? Way to go Judith. Maryanne

  6. Judith dearest, oh how a cup of tea with you would be magical, indeed! Thank you for coming by my post. I sure missed you and your colorful and classy posts. I hope you are well! Anita

  7. Thank YOU for your thoughts with this post. I have been watching it the past day or so and never have I seen such destruction as this, I felt really grief-stricken about this, my heart extends to them. Take care Judith.

  8. dear judith... i am happy to have found your blog.. i can tell you are a lovely woman and i am praying daily for all of the wonderful people in haiti (victims and rescue missions) it is so sad... God is there and very present working to save... i feel it.
    thank you for this amazing post. x pam

  9. Rebecca Sower just came back from Haiti - she has started a special blog which you can read about and find the link at:

    Also, is doing a project with 100% going to Doctors without Borders. There is a 'button' you can add to your blog.

    Both Rebecca Sower and Craft Hope have opened stores just for sweet is that!

    It is so heartwarming to me to hear people like yourself that care!!!!

    xoxox Claudine

  10. Hi well said...My prayers are with these people and their terrible fate. What I find extremely haunting is to think as everyone suffering, to think of the person...not the people, which makes it more real.I was in Indonesia during the Tsunami (in Borneo ) and remember so clearly the absolute panic I felt when I realized the disaster that had just hit. I was away from danger but not having any outside contact with the world (in the rainforest) i had no ideaof what had happened until I saw some fuzzy images at the local airport. I still remember the looks on peoples faces as we arrived in Bali. i refused out of fear, to stay at the beach as they were expecting another Tsunami and my family and I retreated to the mountains. My friend in Thailand was helping with the rescue team and to this day she has nightmares. It is all about helping one person at the time,

  11. Lovely post and beautiful photo. I just did the Red Cross text! Thank you.


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