In an earlier post I wrote, “I am striving to revive my faith in humanity. This election cycle has not helped with that. It is hard to watch people tear down others over political disagreements; to defriend and cut out others from their life due to societal pressure. It’s hard to see people cutting down other people.” I also wrote, “The American people who just want so deeply to help someone in need, that rallied together after 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, who don’t care how you voted but how you treat other people – those people are out there, and they can teach us a thing or two about humanity.”
But still, it was hard to find those stories. It was hard to see that there are still good folks out there who just want to lend a helping hand. We let darkness spread like wildfire over our nation as the media was busy tearing us apart, and we forgot what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. one said; “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Now, in the wake of the tragedy that is Hurricane Harvey, America has found a way to bring the light back. They found a way to forget their political differences and just be Americans. The American people who always rise from a catastrophe stronger, smarter, and unified. People came from miles around with boats – any kind of boat! – to help rescue countless men, women, children and pets! People are showing up big with donations, and families and churches are gathering all around the nation to send up prayers for all those in the path of the wrath.
So, while I am in no way glad that there are millions displaced and several dead, I am grateful for the men and women who pitched in – are pitching in – to do everything that they can to help. I am thankful for this opportunity to restore my faith in humanity. I am also happy to have a chance to challenge my own humanity, and ask, “what am I willing to do? How can I show I care?”
If you are asking yourself the same questions, then I am sure you already know about the many ways to donate. I do, however, want to give you some unorthodox ideas of how to give (especially if you are not flush with cash.)
– If you use rebate and shopping apps such as Ibotta or Shopkicks, you can redeem your points for a Red Cross donation
– If you use survey sites such as I-Say or Opinion Outpost, you can redeem your points for a Red Cross donation
– The next time you go to buy a coffee, soda, or meal out, don’t. Skip your morning cup of coffee for a week and donate $10.00 to those who don’t have access to morning coffee