***WARNING*** This post contains some offensive language and sensitive topics. Do NOT read it if you are easily offended.
You do NOT have to be like me for me to like you. You don’t have to believe what I believe, support the causes I support, watch the shows I watch, value the things I value. You don’t have to have kids, or even LIKE children. You don’t have to have pets, like music, or drink. You don’t even have to like me. Hell, you don’t even have to be NICE! As long as you are a human being, I’m going to respect you and not look down my nose at you. I don’t know where you’ve been, what your story is, what your struggles are. (If you’re an outright douche, then we might have a problem.)
While I hope to get the same from you, I don’t expect it. I know people will judge, shake their head, tut-tut. Whatever. I don’t happen to care, and that’s why I tell you everything! Haha! So here I go again, telling you stuff that you may not care about. I’m an over-sharer, I have no excuses…
For the past week there have been numerous posts about Canada taking in refugees. Whether you support it or not, you can’t help but agree that yes, people in our own country also need help. These things are not mutually exclusive – you don’t have to choose to help one or the other, you CAN do both. If you would rather help those in your own community first, do that. If your passion lies with helping refugees, do that. Neither is the wrong thing to do, BOTH are wonderful! But for f**k sakes, don’t diss those doing the OTHER!
I will help the refugees because that is what I believe in – the thought of children running away from the danger is devastating to me. I want to help a family be safe, because that is what I would hope the world would do for MY family if my home was under attack. I don’t have much to offer, but I will offer my time, my services, and help in any way I can.
Meanwhile, I will help those on my own doorstep. And I challenge those who tut-tut and make comments about the government taking care of their own – put your money where your mouth is! Do you help the homeless in any way? Do you volunteer, donate money, feed the hungry, drop off warm clothing, buy them a coffee? No? Then your argument is invalid. You can be a whiner or you can be a winner. If you’re not part of the solution, you are part of the problem… (please see the * at the bottom)
This morning I heard Clay and Karen on JRFM talking about the Blanket Drive. They were surprised that no one had volunteered to go help them. I didn’t know what they were talking about, so I went hunting. I checked JRFM’s Twitter feed – no mention of it. I checked their Facebook page – no posts about it. I figured Clay would have blogged about it, but I could NOT find his blog on the JRFM site! ARGH!! Luckily, JRFM tweeted me the link!
So I immediately signed up. I volunteered to go stand at a Canada Line station tomorrow to collect blankets. I drop my kids off at 9 and have to pick them up at 3, so I will be at the Broadway/City Hall station from 9:30 till 2:30 tomorrow (Friday). If you are free tomorrow, I would love for you to join us! All you have to do as a volunteer is guide people to the donation box, and separate blankets from the other items.
Turns out we are also able to collect scarves, toques, mittens and socks, but NOT pants, shirts, shoes, pillows, jackets or food. If you have blankets, scarves, toques, mittens or socks to donate, please let me know – if you are in Vancouver, I will drive to your house to pick them up! If you won’t be home, just leave them on the porch in a bag and I’ll come grab them.
If you’re taking the Canada Line tomorrow (at ANY time!), you can drop them off at any of the donation boxes at any of the stations (Waterfront Station, Vancouver City Center Station, Yaletown Station, Broadway City Hall Station, Oakridge/41st Station) – there will be volunteers on hand between 8am and 6pm all day Friday and Saturday to take your items. You don’t even have to be taking the Canada Line – just bring your stuff over, drop it off, go home! Easy peasy!
Oh, we can also accept cash and cheques, so if you don’t have anything warm to donate, money is toasty too! Donate on line or drop off a cash or cheque – every penny is appreciated.
If you want to volunteer (with me or at another station), please click HERE.
If you want to help the refugees, click HERE.
*If you do nothing, I’m not judging you. You are still a great person and you are a valuable part of this world. People love you, and the lives of those you love are richer because you’re in them. Kind words are also a way to help…