The last while I’ve been trying to think of something to blog about.
I’ve looked at my trusty content plan a million times and wondered if that was the right thing or if this is the right thing or maybe you’d like to hear about this or maybe that. I’ve thought about things I need to say and things I want to say and yet somehow, none of them have seemed vaguely important enough to write about when my country is burning to the ground.
I feel like that sounds overly dramatic but a week ago, we had a massive storm in Cape Town. Buildings were destroyed, homes were flooded and washed away. People died.
What felt like a minute later, a massive fire started that exploded along the coast at a pace too fast for mere mortals to stop.
Houses burnt down.
Schools burnt down.
Firefighters lost their lives trying to stop the destruction.
And here I am wondering what the hell to write about.
I have no words. I have cried myself to sleep. I have felt sad and I have felt lucky and thankful.
Through all of this, my home was fine. Our beds were warm. My belongings were safe. My loved ones all completely okay.
Many South Africans responded in a way that made me proud. offering help, opening their homes to the displaced. Donating goods, food, money and a place to sleep.
I felt helpless. I’ve shared information (a lot) on social media about what can be done to help in an effort to create awareness. It’s not much but it’s something – I suppose.
So many companies have really stepped up and offered to help. Donated money and other things.
Then came the racist comments which broke my heart to see but we won’t go into that now because that isn’t the point. The point is that South Africa, has been battling for the last few days. While the world obsessed over Trump and May (both important issues) we were literally battling fire. It’s not over yet.
My heart is broken for the families who have lost everything. Many of them will have insurance but their memories collected over a lifetime will all have been lost to the flood, to the fire. Others have nothing. No insurance and they too will have lost EVERYTHING and right now they are probably trying to figure out how to restart with nothing.
How you can help
This is your moment. Dig into the cupboards at home, take out the things that would better serve someone starting with nothing that you hardly use anyway. The clothing that doesn’t fit that you’re saving for one day… the toiletries that lie in wait in the bottom of the drawer… donate donate donate.
Imagine a life where you are starting out with absolutely nothing! You have the power to make a difference!
Donate money to Gift of the Givers
Drop off donations at DHL or Aramax who have expanded their drop off points for Knysna relief donations. You can now drop off at any of their 337 PostNet Southern Africa stores nationwide. They will deliver all donations (blankets, food, water etc) directly to disaster areas. Find your nearest PostNet store here:http://www.postnet.co.za/postnet-store-locator or contact 011 457 3000 for additional information.
You can help without having to spend money but you can help by sending money too if that’s easier for you. You can help the many organisations inundated with pets to look after who have also lost their homes. It doesn’t matter HOW you help. What matters is that if you can, you do!
You have the power to make a difference!
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*Featured image is a stock photo and not actual photo of the Knysna Fire