Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Project Help Haiti.

"Our world is nothing but 95% poverty-stricken, bloated-stomached babies and 5% money-grubbing pricks. In your lifetime, you've only met people from the latter category." -Walter T. Pratt

Since none of you live under a rock, I am going to assume that we all know what's going down in Haiti. It's horrific at best and after watching a segment about the Haitian orphans Sunday morning, I decided that crying and text messaging $10 from my wireless phone was simply not enough. I needed to think bigger. So, as most of you know I put a donation drive together, but that was not my original plan of action. I had something much grander in mind and for the first time in my life it was only 65% selfishly motivated.

As always this is a true story. Here's how the conversation went when I brought my first idea to my husband for approval.

Me: Steve, we need to adopt a Haitian orphan!

Him: What? Are you crazy? No!

Me: Oh, come on! You want another kid, I don't want to get fat, these kids need a home. It's a win-win and I bet you can get one on sale right now.

Him: I'm not even going to begin to address how many things were wrong with that statement. I'll just put it to you this way, you're not getting an orphan, a maid or a nanny. Stop asking me for ridiculous things that cost money. The answer will always be no. However, it was nice of you to think of someone other than yourself. I'm proud of you.

Me: Fine! I'll just find some other way to help and I'm not asking for permission next time.

Him: Do what you have to do. Just make sure what ever you find doesn't involve me supporting it financially.

Once my plan to bring home a big batch of orphans was crushed, I decided to brainstorm new ways to cash in on my new found humanitarian obsession. I knew that the first thing I needed to do was find an organization that would accept things other than money because as it was earlier stated to me by my cheap and often insensitive husband, I have no funds to give (heck, I'm one lost paycheck away from needing a telethon myself). So I came up with "Project Help Haiti." It's not big or fancy, but when you're helping people who have less than nothing, you realize that small and thrown together gets the job done too. Especially when you have readers as wonderful as mine. For those of you that feel this kind of charity is futile or unnecessary, I just want you to remember that life is full of small gestures that change the world. Why wouldn't you want to be a part of that?

Please take the time to pay it forward, no donation will be turned away. Here are all the details if you would like to join me in giving.

Donation Drive To Help Haiti

A drive is being held this Saturday 1/23/10 at Cornerstone Fellowship (13969 Orange Blvd West Palm Beach, 33419) from 9am to 2pm to help the earthquake victims of Haiti. All goods will be flown directly to those in need by Missionary Flights International or delivered through other missions. The items we need most are:

Baby gear (baby food, diaper, formula, wipes…)
Hygiene products (toilet paper, tooth brushes, sanitary napkins, soap…)
Food (canned food with pop top lids, cereal bars, rice…)
Clothing, Shoes, Pots, Pans and Cutlery are also needed.

**We ask that no water be donated at this time.

If you would like to make a monetary donation to help keep the planes fueled so that they can continue to make their daily trips to Haiti you can visit http://www.misionaryflights.org/ ... Every little bit helps! We hope to see you there.

The Mouthy Mavens http://www.mouthymommy.com/
Cornerstone Fellowship http://www.fitlyframed.net/
Missionary Flights international http://www.missonaryflights.org/

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