Friday, July 16, 2010

Use Your Power to Help

I haven't commented on the gulf oil spill, because I haven't really had the words.  Like many others, I have felt utterly sickened by the devastation.  So I did what I always do ... went into denial and stopped watching the news.

This week I have been helping to teach Bible School at the church where I grew up.  Our theme was to teach the creation story, and to care for and appreciate God's creation.  Our monetary offering this week is going to help the cleanup efforts, and the older children in the Science workshop talked about ways to help.

Posted on a bulletin board near the entrance was a newspaper article outlining ways to help.  Specifically, a section on using social media to help caught my eye.  I don't consider myself a "blogger" (I think you have to have more than 10 people read your blog to get that title), but I do use social media to communicate with others who use social media - and have more than 10 readers!

Go here to get the button, and sample tweets/statuses to post.  You can donate your twitter or facebook status, or just post about it yourself.  I have been utterly surprised to NOT see celebratory statuses and updates since the cap seems to be holding today.  There is much to be done to clean up.

Also, see this post on the Knickernappies blog for an idea of another way to donate to help - send them your used microfiber diaper inserts, old prefold diapers, burp cloths, etc.  (They are also hoping the oil spill will make more cloth diaper converts!)

1 comment:

Serifm said...

I'm ashamed to say that I didn't know the cap was holding. I didn't know there was a cap, because I too have been too nauseated by the devastation to watch the news. Probably not the most constructive method, but I generally wait for my church to come up with ways I can help. That's what I did for Katrina, Haiti, the oil spill, etc. I WANT to help but some images you just can't get out of your mind, so I don't watch. I don't listen. I tune out. Should probably re-think this, because then you miss the good news, too.