Just days after I posted my goal to raise money for an iPad, a tragic earthquake and tsunami devastated parts of Japan. Words cannot express how much this has impacted my heart. The tragedy continues as aftershocks plague the already hard-hit areas and as a nuclear meltdown threatens the emotionally and physically tired, hungry, and lost survivors. It is all just beyond epic proportions, and I am praying for everyone affected.
As I started my de-cluttering over the weekend, piling up stuff and then more stuff to sell or donate, I couldn’t help but think about how lucky I am to be choosy over what I keep in my house and what I get rid of. It’s a privilege that some will never know and that those in Japan have lost. I have excess while they have nothing.
It is my understanding that money is a much more helpful donation than anything else since the organizations dedicated to helping in the aftermath need funds to support their efforts. Donating money allows them to allocate funds where they are needed most. My “stuff” isn’t going to save lives or feed the hungry or build shelters. So I am dedicated to making a donation from the sale of said “stuff.” Over the next few months I will be selling things through Craigslist, eBay, and yard sales. All of my earnings will be donated to an organization aiding in the Japan relief effort. Everything I want just seems so trivial now since there are so many people who need everything.
With this post, I am participating in Nain’s Motivation Monday. I hate to say I am motivated by others’ loss, but that’s how it is, I guess.
I am motivated to help. I am motivated to support.