This week I’m celebrating the people- especially the kidlit community- who are finding ways to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
I was at work when the first reports of the flooding in Houston started coming in. While unfortunately not the first of its kind, the images were shocking, disturbing, and deeply affected lots of people.
Soon enough, though, people started sharing ways to help– and people responded. What I did was text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation to American Red Cross for flood relief. (It gets added to your phone bill for those who haven’t done it before. I think it was my first time donating that way.) Some people are/were even matching donations on social media.
There are many ways to help whenever something bad happens. I know I’ve been guilty of overthinking things before trying to figure out what the best course of action is that I sometimes end up doing nothing or missing out on an opportunity to do any good at all. The important thing is to do something, to act.
I wanted to spotlight Kate Messner’s efforts.
On her blog, she reinstated KidLit Cares, “an online talent auction to benefit the Red Cross relief effort to help communities recover from Hurricane Harvey and related flooding. Agents, editors, authors, and illustrators have donated various services to be auctioned off to the highest bidder, with donations being made directly to the Red Cross disaster relief fund.”
It seemed her call was overwhelmingly answered. Do take a look to see if any of the auction items seem interesting to you.
Another innovative way that book lovers have been helping is the creation of the Facebook group Hurricane Harvey Book Club. The brainchild (or maybe heartchild is a better term?) of Texas elementary school teacher Kathryn Butler Mills, she has collected a virtual library of people reading books to the kids who are currently displaced from their homes. The amazing thing is that everyone seems to be participating. And it’s a great way for kids to play a part in helping others.
I hope this post can serve as a reminder that simple acts of kindness can magnify into something greater.
Find something good you can do today in whatever issue speaks to you.
What are you celebrating this week?