I’m ashamed I haven’t written a post like this before.
I’m ashamed I haven’t paid enough attention to the refugee crisis, that didn’t just start with the beautiful toddler, Aylan, and his brother and mother drowning on the beach.
I’m ashamed that I shower my own child in clothes, toys and presents that she doesn’t really need without enough thought to children in the world who have nothing.
But ultimately I’m ashamed about how ridiculous and pointless the things I’ve gotten frustrated about recently are.
Who cares about not being able to get your hands on a sold out kid’s hat from H&M, who cares that you think your hair looks awful, who cares that you feel fat before heading on holiday in a few weeks.
None of it remotely matters when there are people in the world suffering they way they are at the moment.
I’m not saying I’ve been blind to goings on in the world over the past few years. This hasn’t happened overnight and it’s not just Syria. It’s Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Eritrea, Iraq and many more. I watch the news and have watched all the horrors unfold, but in a way I think it’s often so horrifying that people can find themselves shutting off from it.
I’m also not saying I’ve done nothing for charity before now. I always donate to the big campaigns that come up every year, support friends raising money for great causes and I have had direct debits set up to a few chosen charities for many years. However, I’ve just let the money go out every month without paying attention a. To what it’s for and b. To how I could help more.
It’s taken this week’s awful events to stop me in my tracks and wake me up to the fact I can do more. I can provide goods for people in need that I already own, instead of selling them. I can get things sent directly to the places that need them, instead of through companies that take a cut. I can support petitions and research what’s happening in order to tell others. I can get involved in local events that are trying to help.
I can raise awareness.
In the cold light of day, what I blog about means nothing of value in comparison to what’s going on in the world but I can use you lovely readers (that sounds bad!!) to spread the word.
We can all do more.
Here are some links to some amazing charities, campaigns and information on the current refugee crisis: