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.
Tweet to @shopjustByou