Fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding. Are you feeling down about all the suffering out there? If you are, I want to say good for you. It’s good that you are a caring person. Maybe you have family there. Maybe it’s your favorite vacation spot. Or maybe you just care about people, whether you know them or not.

Have you made a donation? If so, KUDOS TO YOU!!! You are a lovely person for doing that!! I think there are a lot of people out there who care. They’ll say “I feel so awful for them!!” But ask them to help out and some run away. I remember years ago, (maybe it was after the tsunami?) a friend told me she couldn’t afford a donation. And then an hour later, she ordered Chipotle for lunch. Grrrrrrr. I was bummed. If she can afford to buy Chipotle for lunch, I think she can certainly afford a $5 or $10 donation.

I’ve been checking in with friends who have family in Puerto Rico. A few days ago, one friend said “My family is SO excited! They just got running water back today. It came on and went off, and came on again. It’s spotty but they were able to take a shower today.” Wow. No running water. Can you imagine?!

A month or so ago, a plumber came over to fix some stuff. He needed to turn our water off for a few hours. We could barely function in that short amount of time! We were stressed from just a few hours without water. I can’t imagine not having running water for almost a whole week! (This is only one household in one neighborhood; I’m sure there are many others who still don’t have water, and/or don’t even have a home anymore.)

You know our album “Let It In?” This is what I mean by letting it in. It breaks my heart to stop what I’m doing and really let these disasters sink in. To grasp the suffering of others puts you in a vulnerable place. I don’t want to feel sad! But turning my back is not acceptable. We do need to let it in. We must feel empathy for these people, and we must take care of each other.

Please make a donation, and encourage others to do the same. Involve your friends and family! And keep an eye out for benefit shows. Sometimes all we gotta do is attend a benefit concert and buy a few beers, and it helps someone out. Easy peasy! There are many ways to donate, but HERE is one of them. Also! Our friend Julie (from Rehoboth) lived in Puerto Rico for several years. She just posted THIS fundraiser page for her town of Rincon, which is on the west side of the island. Thanks so much for reading.

I love you!

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