Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Help Japan Vegan Blogger Bake Sale Today!
I want to write something meaningful. Something that will stop and make you think, that will bring the reality of Japan's recent disaster home for you, and make you feel that you must do something.
But I have no words.
The truth is, when something awful like this happens, I tend to freeze. Rather than let the enormity of the suffering wash over me and make its way into my heart, I numb myself and tune it out. Sure, people are still in pain. But they're far away, and there's nothing I can do to help. So I might as well go about my business.
I wonder how many others feel the same. I wonder who would be feeling that way about my plight were the same thing to happen in Seattle today. And I wonder why it's easier to ignore what happened than to allow myself to feel sad about it.
This post is my small way of sending my love out to those affected by the recent earthquakes, and allowing some of their sorrow in. It is my way of acknowledging, at least to myself, that we are all on this planet together, and we can only succeed or fail as one. This is my way of reminding myself that while I can't do much, I can always do something. And the first step in being an active member of this world in which we live, is stopping long enough to see the people around us. Including those we can only see through the TV, internet, or newspapers. In this technologically advanced world, our community is no longer just the people who live near us. Our community no longer has boundaries.
So just as the PTA always held bake sales in school, we're having our own bake sale to help our community. I'm baking my gluten-free, vegan snickerdoodles, but there are over fifty options to choose from. I'm asking you - and I hate to ask anything of you, my lovely readers, but this is one time I'll step out of my comfort zone and do so anyway - I'm asking you to go to Chocolate Covered Katie and bid on an item. Ask yourself what you could afford to give to help your neighbors, and bid on your favorite snack or dessert. Your donation will go directly to The Red Cross. Now, you can have your treat sent to you as a thanks for your donation, or you can ask that it be sent to a loved one whose day will be brightened by a little bit of vegan deliciousness at their door.
Please, go to Chocolate Covered Katie now and make your bid.
Update: The bake sale is now closed, but you can still donate directly at The Red Cross by clicking here.