Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
Some of you may recall that a while back I wrote about Aylan, that beautiful little boy on the beach. I wrote that if we didn’t do something we’d better be prepared to tell his father that his boy mattered less. That we’d decided not to care.
That photo changed me. Something shifted in me when I saw it. The plight of refugees wasn’t any different after that photo came up in my newsfeed- it was exactly as bad as it had been for some time, but I was different. I can’t go back to ignorance or apathy. Can you?
Once you know something, you cannot un-know it. Once you know, there is a decision to be made. You can either help or turn away. Those are the only two options, and they both cost something. I’m only willing to pay the price of helping- the cost of apathy is far too steep.
My friend Glennon over at Momastery decided she could not un-know about the suffering of the refugees. She decided to look at it. To ask questions. To find out what the needs are, and how she might be a part of filling some of them. She and the phenomenal board over at Together Rising have already done great things, but there is so much need.
She decided to team up with some pretty amazing friends. Elizabeth Gilbert, Brené Brown, Cheryl Strayed and Rob Bell- all people and writers who mean an enormous amount to so many of us- have signed on to help. They have formed The Compassion Collective. There is a plan in place, we all just need to do our part to implement it. $25 maximum donation. Every amount helps. $1 helps. If you cannot afford to donate money, share this post.
Last I checked we’d raised upwards of $300,000. Our goal is $1,000,000 in 24 hours. We have a little over 12 hours left. I believe we can do it. Actually, I know we can. If we decide to.
I believe in this cause, and I implicitly trust the people involved. I’ve donated. If you want to be a part of easing some pain, saving some lives, and letting the refugees know that their babies do not matter less than ours, please consider donating.
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