What do you hold in your hands?
MY ORIGINAL PLAN today was to update the blog by providing one of the recipes that I made for my father’s birthday lunch. Birthdays are joyous occasions, and it’s appropriate that we celebrated. But in the midst of celebration, it’s important to keep a global perspective, too.
The day before my father’s birthday, tragedy struck tens of thousands in the form of an earthquake that has devastated Haiti. In the face of this, it simply feels too indulgent to continue to write, without pause, about the bounty of food in my comfortable kitchen—a kitchen equipped with all the running water (hot and cold) that I could wish for and a gas stove to provide heat for cooking. Warmth and the aromas of nourishing food prevail here, while elsewhere in the world, there is “water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink.”
So, instead of posting a recipe today, I wanted to take a minute to ask myself (and you): What do you hold in your hands? What gifts have you been given? Do you have access to natural and other resources? Do you enjoy health, family, a roof over your head and food on your table?
Even if you think you have little, you might consider that there are always people who have much less. I don’t wish to presume or to preach, but certainly this is true if you have the luxury of reading this post. All over the world, too many people are lacking the basic survival requirements of food, water, shelter, and medical attention.
Lots of organizations are working hard to help on the ground in Haiti (and elsewhere). An interesting article from the Christian Science Monitor talks about how when tragedy strikes in developing nations, it is even more crucial to get support in the form of donations rolling in quickly. The article points out that because of the difficulty of transport in a time of crisis, the best path to helping is to donate money to a trusted agency that can convert the funds into whatever is needed, on location. The Monitor also provides a list of seven ways to give. There you’ll find contact information and links to: the American Red Cross, CARE, Concern Worldwide, Direct Relief International, Mercy Corps, Oxfam America, and World Vision.
In addition to those mentioned above, the following agencies are also in need of funds to continue their humanitarian efforts:
- Action Against Hunger
- Doctors Without Borders
- United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP)
- Yéle Haiti
Here at Feeding the Saints, recipes will return soon. But for now, I’m going to make a promise and a request:
For each comment (not spam) that this post receives in the next 36 hours through the end of the night on MONDAY, JANUARY 18, I will give $1.00 above my planned donation toward relief in Haiti. I’ll give $2.00 for a comment that shows you’ve read any other post on the blog. ;-)
Update [Jan 16]: a friend and colleague in all things editorial, Gina Frangello of OV BOOKS, has just offered to match the donations here, so your comments will have a double impact.
Update [Jan 19]: all comments have been counted as a $2.00 donation. You can read the results and see a donation receipt in my Thank You post.
Please, especially if you yourself are not in a position to donate funds at this time, leave a comment and saintly prayer for those who need it.
And forgive me if I can’t keep up with personal thanks for your comments—you know you have my gratitude, each one of you.
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