With the world focused on the royal wedding and the capture of Osama Bin Laden, the tornadoes that swept Alabama (hit hardest) and several other states aren’t getting too much attention. I understand why these other stories are big news but my heart goes out to people who seem to be getting the “Sorry you picked a busy news week to get hit by a natural disaster!” brush off.
And I’m guilty of it too — I neglected the tornadoes and the victims just like so many others, choosing to write about the royal wedding on Thursday and Friday. It’s embarrassing really.
The good news and bad news is that it’s not too late. They still need help. And your computer and cell phone make it really easy! Here are some ways to use your technology for good and not just Facebook stalking:
- Instead of texting that guy you really shouldn’t be texting, text the Red Cross (text “REDCROSS” to 90999) to make a $10 donation. (Actually, please do that every time you pull out your phone to text that guy you shouldn’t be texting. Let’s turn bad decisions into good ones, mmmkay?)
- Instead of buying a Groupon today, donate a little something on online to Samaritan’s Purse. That’s where I donated and it took me approximately 90 seconds to put in my credit card info and send a donation. (Seriously…90 seconds!!) Or donate to the Red Cross online. Surely these people need help more than you need a fro yo voucher for 80 percent off.
- If you can find a blood drive in your area (I couldn’t, but I haven’t given up yet) you could donate something as valuable as money but that you might have a little extra of right now. Donating blood doesn’t cost you anything — your body will repay you, I promise.
- Instead of buying a new book for your Kindle from Amazon, buy a Tide Loads of Hope T-shirt. They have moved their efforts into Alabama to offer free laundry services to the storm victims. Normally I’m not a big fan of purchasing merchandise to raise money, but because this shirt says, “Loads of Hope” on the back, I think it will raise awareness more than, say, a pink blender in the month of October.
I don’t have a tie to this cause or anything (although my grandma is from Alabama!); I just firmly believe that people will donate to good causes, that sometimes they just need a reminder. So…consider this yours!