Monday, October 5, 2009

Humanitarian Aid

I find it both shocking and amazing that things easily found in our local stores, sold for mere dollars, are the things that are most needed by those in areas struck by disaster and war. Indeed, not just disaster zones and nations writhing in the grip of totalitarian dictators. Soap, combs, hand towels, tooth brushes, tooth paste. These simple items transform a person from "dirty transient stranger" to "human being". They bring those unfortunate souls who walk our streets, penniless and without shelter, back from the brink of hopelessness. These precious items can remind them of their humanity and worth. So, give a hand this year. This very minute if you can.

Here is a link on how to put together Hygiene Kits, Newborn Kits, School Kits to be sent to the Latter-Day Saint Humanitarian Center.

I wish I could put a listing up that says, "Here is the exact right place where you should help out." I can't. There are too many places that are in need. Homeless shelters, women's shelters, retirement homes, soup kitchens, shelters for transient families. Not to mention hospitals and hospices, drug rehabs and the ever-present schools in need of support. But with careful consideration and prayer, I'm sure you can find the right place where your services will be well received. We can't save everybody, but we can help somebody. Just do what you can, right?

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