Today I want to talk about how you can help people who are suffering right now.
In light of recent events (tornadoes in the Midwest, and in the South last month), you may be wondering what you can do to help. There are many charities to choose from when it comes to donating money, but let me make a suggestion: The LDS (Mormon) Church. It probably seems obvious that I would suggest this, because as you know we are Mormons, and many of you are, too. Most of our Monday motivational thoughts come from Mormon people, too. However, I'm not just suggesting that you donate to the Church because we are members of it.
The LDS Church has always been my charity of choice because 100% of my donation goes to people in need. The Church has a huge network of volunteers throughout the world (members like me, and many of you), which makes this possible. Of course, some people do get paid for their work, but salaries are covered through other various investments that the Church has. All donations made to the Humanitarian Fund go to those in need. You can read more about that here, and you can also make your own donation on that website.
Another article that I want to recommend is one that recently appeared in the Washington Post "On Faith" blog, entitled "Where is God (and the Mormon church) in a natural disaster?" It describes a little bit about the Mormon welfare system and disaster response, and it's written by the head of Public Affairs for the Mormon church. It's a very interesting read and it's so inspiring to read about all the good things they are doing to help (thanks to generous donations by people worldwide).
It is so scary to see what has happened to our fellow Americans in the Midwest. It's heartbreaking.
We have been told for years to "be prepared". I hope that if you are safe in your home tonight, you are thinking about how you can become better prepared. Where are you lacking? Do you need water? More food? Flashlights, candles, medicines, first aid kits? All of the above? It's overwhelming to think about, even for me. Even though I have a food storage blog and share ideas with you each week, I'm certainly lacking in certain areas. It's hard! But I think that recent events have lit a fire in me and renewed my motivation a bit. I hope it's done the same for you, too. I'm not going to lie - it's difficult to do it all. It's also expensive, which is probably what's keeping most people back. And that's why we started this blog in the first place - to motivate people, to get them on track, to help them out step by step, a little at a time. It's certainly benefited us, and we know it has helped many of you, too.
Finally - we want to hear your stories. Have you ever been involved in a natural disaster? Maybe not necessarily this last week, but have you ever? If so, we'd love to hear your story. How did you get by? Did you have enough? What were you lacking? What do you wish you had known beforehand? What did you learn? A few years ago my sister-in-law shared her "What I wish I'd known" story from when she was in an ice storm (a "must read", by the way!). We would love to hear your stories and, with your permission, share them right here on our blog. Abbie and I feel like we say so much here, but I think we can all learn from each other and what better way than to hear each others' stories? So, if you have a story, please share it! Email us at safelygatheredin (at) gmail.com.
And again, if you'd like to donate money to Humanitarian Aid, visit the LDS Church's donation page here. Remember, 100% of your donation goes to victims, so you can feel good about where your money is going.