“Children are the promise of tomorrow.” It’s what a poster in Soeren’s school proudly displays. I walk past the poster everyday and smile when I look at all the kids running up and down the stairs to get to class.
But recently I find it hard to smile when I think of the pictures that flash through my head. They are pictures emblazoned in my mind from the news and media of the helpless children in Haiti.
They do not seem to have a lot of promise. Many are now living on a dusty soccer field lined with makeshift tents, which has become a sort of an oasis for the earthquake survivors. There seems to be a shortage of food, water and electricity. That is just touching the surface of their problems.
Parents are missing children and children are missing their parents. Something I would never want to go through or even imagine having my child going through.
I turn to look at Soeren. He is privileged and as I explain to him what has happened I see sadness spread across his face. At this minute we decide to stop talking about it and to find a way to help. First we decide to donate to Unicef and to Ärzte Ohne Grenzen (working with Medecins Sans Frontieres). Because it goes to the children and goes to getting vital medication to the children.
The next day we discuss our idea with both the teachers of the 2nd Grade. Both Ms. Carl and Ms. Martin reacted brilliantly and soon we had notes out to the rest of the parents and posters hung up at the school.
“A Bake Sale For Haiti”
Over the weekend parents of the 2nd grade baked furiously to supply us with enough cookies, muffins and cakes to sell. Yesterday both classes spent an hour decorating and packing the goodies. Today they are spending their recess selling these goodies to the rest of the school.
The money we collect will be going to Unicef – from children to the children in Haiti.
I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thanks you to both Ms. Carl and Ms. Martin who managed to arrange this so quickly with me. Of course to all the parents who took time out from their weekend and baked like kings for the bake sale! THANK YOU ALL! You ROCK!
Finally I want to use this space to urge everyone to take an initiative and help. Whether, you organize a similar bake sale at your schools, workplace or neighborhood, or donate or even physically help – the people of Haiti need to have a promise to look forward to.
Bloggers around the world have gotten together and are raising money for Haiti too:
Hilda of Saffron & Blueberry
Ree of The Pioneer Woman
Alice of Savory Sweet Life
Michelle of Thursday Night Smackdown
Amy of Amy Leavitt Photography
Pam of The Cooking Ninja
Erin at $5 Dinners
Karen of Does that make sense?
May of Mayk all day every day.
Crystal of Money Saving Mom
Gaby of What's Gaby Cooking?
A.C Parker of Feeding the Saints
On Twitter bloggers have started a Haiti Relief Effort, so please help.
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