I've been a self-centered doofus.
Joplin was destroyed on sunday and i've been posting about my hair.
When a huge tragedy strikes, its so hard for me to believe that its real. I even lived in Joplin for 2 years, and i still can't seem to process that what i'm seeing on the news is that place.
i hear the words, but they don't get to my heart.
I NEVER watch the news. When someone mentioned the Chile Miner situation to me the first time, i was shocked! Steve said (in a loving, joking manner), "oh, Maria didn't hear about that, it wasn't on etsy."
Sometimes i feel like the news is mostly political and boring and i just ignore it. (really mature, right?)
but this, this is REAL. 124 REAL people dead. so many REAL families with no homes.
and even if you are safe and healthy, can you imagine driving through your town and it looking like a bomb went off??
i have forced myself to watch the videos and read the news. and i want to throw up because its so sad
And i feel so helpless because i'm not sure how to help. yes, i can give to the red cross...and that's awesome, but i want to give to something specific. like this family:
This is a photographer named mark. i found out about him through some awesome artists at this blog
mark and his family lost everything.
and there's not an insurance check coming to bail them out.
the goal is to raise enough for a camera so that he can support his family again.
WE can totally do that. i have 200 followers. if you each gave $10 dollars. we'd be golden.
(although if you want to give more, that'd be great :)
you can donate here or just press this giant green button
here and here
i know this post is way long, but i imagined if my third floor got ripped off my house, my business would be gone. totally gone. and then if someone showed up the next week with a uhaul of vintage clothes i could have, i would be over the moon. and i'm not even the main financial supporter of our family.
so, let's get this dude a camera. thanks.
p.s. (if you're also having trouble feeling how real this is, watch this) .
p.s.s. i am NOT inferring that everyone should be posting on their blogs about joplin instead of their hair or clothes or whathaveyou. i am talking about a personal problem with MY heart.