I posted the following on Facebook after thinking about how these elections are making me feel tonight. After reading/writing some pretty intense tweets, a few thoughts suddenly hit me, and I just want to put them out there for those feeling a bit lost/confused/angry right now. We have to look out for each other in this life, more than ever.
No matter how this ends, let’s piece ourselves together and realize something: as voters, we have the right to stand up/die for what is right and in the best interest of ALL our fellow Americans, we don’t have to accept that this nation is literally divided more than ever right now. If this is what causes a massive change in how the world turns for awhile, well, we may as well go for broke.
Giving up and running away won’t fix that, we have to do our part to ensure everyone feels safe and welcome in the United States (or Divided States, as it appears). The world really is counting on us here no matter who takes office and many I’m sure would help come to our aid should we need to take a stand against hate and bigotry.
Okay, I know, I posted that image earlier about not gloating or expressing anguish, and we don’t really know how this is gonna end just yet…
After the Election…
Image Source: David Borrink
This is worth repeating any time disaster strikes, and those happen throughout the year, often with little warning, and the Red Cross can always use the help, even before an emergency occurs (but especially after). Given how many tornado-related disasters have happened this past month alone, one doesn’t need to think hard to see there’s a need out there. It’s as simple as sending a text message with “REDCROSS” to 90999, and a $10 donation will be put on your phone bill and immediately go toward helping those who need it most. And yes, there are plenty of other groups who can help, such as World Vision (based out of my home town of Federal Way) and other local community groups. If you’re brave, you can even give blood, which helps people all year round.
If you’re not sure you want to give or how to best direct it, try to put yourself in the shoes of those going through a disaster or hard times; you’d appreciate that help, right? It’s worth doing your homework if you want to make sure your donations are going where they are needed most urgently – that’s where Charity Navigator can help you decide. If nothing else, positive thoughts and prayers always work, and are free to give, too.
That’s about all I’ve got for today; lots of things going on and little time to reflect right now, so in the meantime, keep those who need your positivity in mind as they move forward and start rebuilding their lives. 🙂
Quick Summary: To give $10 right NOW to the Red Cross: Text “REDCROSS” to 90999, to give $10 toward tornado relief through World Vision: Text “TORNADO” to 777444. Thank you.