One million dollars was raised in 31 hours by 40,000 people!
Collectively, with small acts of love, we have the power to create miracles.
You can read more about the aid already given from the donations collected during a 24 hour “Love Flash Mob” in November in (my heroine) Glennon Doyle Melton’s moving post. http://momastery.com/blog/2015/12/18/saving-lives/
“We have a plan. You are a part of it.
Today’s refugee crisis is the worst humanitarian emergency the world has seen since World War II. Just as the Greatest Generation’s response to the holocaust defined them, so will our response define us.
We want to be remembered as the generation that chose Love over Fear.
As you read this, thousands are fleeing terror and war – forced from their homes into tiny boats with nothing but the clothes on their backs and the children in their arms. They will cross the sea, walk for days, holding tight to their families and their hope for safety and a future.
This moment in time is asking us a critical question. How will we respond? Let us answer: with compassion.
Compassion will guide us. Compassion is humanity’s North Star. It will always guide us out of the dark, back toward peace, hope and each other.
Should starving women be fed?
Should homeless babies be sheltered?
Should freezing men be warmed?
Should drowning children be saved?
If your heart says YES: Join us.
Join us in a circle of humanity standing shoulder to shoulder, together saying:
In a fearful world, I stand with love.
WE ARE THE COMPASSION COLLECTIVE.
Our symbol is the compass. We vow to let compassion guide us, one step at a time.”
And an update from Elizabeth Gilbert:
“WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
Dear Ones –
I want to tell you the exact reason why I am trying to raise money right now to help with the refugee crisis.
I want to tell you exactly why I’ve gathered together with my friends Brene Brown, Cheryl Strayed, Rob Bell and Glennon Doyle Melton to try to meet the audacious goal of raising a million dollars for this emergency.
I’m doing it because of this quote, which came to my attention through an organization called HELP REFUGEES, whom we are partnering with, and who are working on the ground in Greece, right at the heart of this crisis. This quote came from a volunteer doctor they are working with, who ended a recent phone call from the island of Lesvos with this desperate plea:
“There are thousands of children here and their feet are literally rotting, they can’t keep dry, they have high fevers and they’re standing in the pouring rain for days on end. You have one month, guys, and then all these people will be dead”.
I can’t know about this situation, and not do something about it.
I can’t know about children facing the winter — cold, homeless and hungry and with rotting feet — and not do something about it.
I am doing this because of kids like the beautiful little boy in this photo — who our team has already assisted — because they need our help.
I know you want to help, too…and you can!
Already today, over 10,000 people from this Facebook page (and Rob’s Facebook page, and Brene’s Facebook page, and Cheryl’s Facebook page, as well) helped us to raise almost $270,000 toward our goal.
Over a quarter of a million dollars…in just a few hours!
Not a penny of it will be wasted.
This is where your money is going:
FLOOD LIGHTS (for pulling people out of the water at night)
This money is going to to life — to save human lives.
Like: IMMEDIATELY, in real time. You have no idea how efficient these people are, who we are working on the ground, helping out. They’re amazing.
Let’s save more lives.
Let’s keep going, Dear Ones. Let this be your best Christmas gift, dedicated to the poeple you love most. IMy own donations are in the names of my beloved family members.) Let’s use our holiday hearts full of love to show up for some of the most desperate people in the world right now. Let’s make a difference.
Keep donating, keep giving, keep caring.Most of all, keep SHARING these posts, and inviting the big-hearted people in your lives to stand with love.
The more you share, the more love will pour in.
Those of us who are warm and dry and safe and well-fed must show up for those who are cold and wet and endangered and hungry. That’s a rule of life. Every ethical and religious and spiritual tradition in the world agrees on that rule.
Nothing matters to me more right now than helping these people.
My entire Christmas this year = THIS.
Please join me in this miracle of love.
Here is the link, to join us, and to donate:
LOVE YOU ALL,