Friday, November 15, 2013

Tweet for a Cause

If you visited my blog yesterday and read yesterday's post, you might know that today is a special twitter day for me. It's the first time that I'm silencing my tweets for a cause.

If you're a regular reader, you may know that I am passionate about community service, helping others when I can, random acts of kindness, and spreading awareness on important issues - using my voice in an attempt to be heard.

While visiting a friend's blog this week, it occurred to me that I've been neglecting a very important world issue: a natural disaster impacting a nation...A nation that needs our thoughts, our prayers, our support. I'm talking about the Philippines, and I'm talking about Typhoon Haiyan.

It doesn't seem so long ago that:

* There was a huge earthquake causing many deaths and much destruction (2010).

* In March 2011, an earthquake struck causing the tsunami in Japan. 

* Last year, Hurricane Sandy caused severe damage on the East Coast of the United States, namely New Jersey State.

* Do you remember Hurricane Katrina from 2005? It was one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States.

It seems that natural disasters are becoming more and more the norm. Just because they are happening in what seems to be a frequent timeline, doesn't mean that I should become familiar with seeing such devastation and destruction that I stop paying any attention. 

I've realized that I haven't been using my voice. I haven't been showing my support. It's been one week. A lot can happen in just one week. So today, I silence my tweets for all things other than the Philippines. No #FF today, no promoting handmade, no personal status updates. I'll be tweeting about relief efforts, spreading the word, and I'm asking you to join me. You don't have to silence your tweets like I am, but you can tweet for a cause; you can help spread the word. One tweet, or even one retweet. Use your voice. Make a difference.

Meet the inspiration for my twitter silence here. Her blog post reminded me that I am a blogger, and I have a voice, so I should use it.

Yet another natural disaster claiming the lives of so many and leaving so many homeless, without food and water. People are still missing, people are still searching, and there is a long road to recovery ahead. We can use our blogger voices and show support!

Rea just joined twitter to accompany me in raising awareness for the cause!
Tweet her @ReaHomeFor4. She would love a shout out, but even more so, she would appreciate your support in tweeting for a cause near to her heart.

Tag me & let me know you're joining us (@shopjustByou). Or leave your status url in a comment, and I'll swing by and give it a retweet!
I'll be tweeting news articles, updates & info, relief efforts and how you can donate. I'll be sharing links to UNICEF and Red Cross.

I am a blogger. I have a voice. And today, I'm using my voice to be heard.

Let's make a difference. Together.
To learn more about how you can help, please visit the websites listed below:
Philippine Red Cross
American Red Cross for typhoon relief

A special shout out also goes to my good bloggy friend Shane over at Whispering Sweet Nothings for re-blogging! This is a special post, outside of my regularly scheduled posts for this week, because I felt it deserved the attention. Stay tuned in a a few hours for another great giveaway you won't want to miss. (That will bring my total current giveaway number to six.)

Have you tweeted about #PhilippineTyphoon #Haiyan??? If you're spreading the word, I want to re-tweet! Leave me a comment. We're in this together.

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Marieken Hoefnagel said...

Great quote

Memories for Life said...

This is a great cause to help with. I donate to the Red Cross each year in hopes of making a difference and helping those in need.

I love Edward Everett Hale's quote!

kathy dalton said...


Rea T said...

Hi Kim,

When I started blogging I did not know that it would bring so much inspiration to my life. And would also let me meet wonderful people I haven't seen in person and yet I consider them as my "friend", and you are one of those Kim.

This post for a cause really touched my heart and will surely touch anybody who has experienced a natural disaster at some point in their lives.

You are a wonderful person and I'm glad to have met you through blogging♥ I hope to meet you in person someday...

God Bless...

2justByou said...

Thank you all for your kind words. You are amazing!

@Kathy - You've been re-tweeted! Thanks for tweeting for a cause today.

La Vie En May said...

This is a great cause Kim and I would love to be a part of this. Thanks for sharing. Will be tweeting now :)

Keren Amaechi said...

This is really a great cause. Just on Tuesday we were discussing the green initiative and the frequency disasters now taking over the world. I even started writing a post about it.good to know more people care

ays said...

hi! i came over from shayne's blog. I'm a blogger from the philippines, and I'm based in singapore. i may not be in my country right now, but my heart aches for all those victims.
i realized my value as a blogger when i was able to get people to donate and help in anyway, by writing a post about this tragedy.
thank you very much for helping spread the word.