Meanwhile, California is burning up. At least 1400 families have lost their homes and everything in them. Water to fight wildfires is more and more difficult to find, and the agriculture industry that grows two thirds of the nation's produce is seriously threatened.
So what do we do? Where do we help? The need for support funds vastly outnumbers the availability of charitable and government assets. People with the courage to maintain caring hearts are torn and frustrated as we see so much suffering everywhere.
I don't know about your strategy (but write to me if you have one!), but my plan is to start small. I can't solve the crisis in Syria or end the war on terrorism or convince religious extremists of all faiths that their energy is misplaced. To keep my sanity, I need to focus on what I CAN do. I can find wasted food and get it to hungry people. That's first and foremost, for me. I can lend a hand at a local pantry -- and so can you. One of the biggest needs across the country for our emergency food outlets is finding drivers to either pick up food being offered by stores and restaurants, or to deliver groceries to poor folks who are disabled or lack access to transportation. This is a quieter crisis than global refugees, but it's still a crisis.
Who do you know who might be suffering? A friend in Placerville is gathering animal feed to deliver to local folks who have lost their land and need help feeding livestock and pets. Another makes quilts - hundreds of quilts - for school children who are victims of crime, abuse, and neglect. She doesn't have any money, but friends donate fabric to help her efforts. A family grows vegetables in their yard and joins with other families in donating the harvest to emergency pantries. I could go on and on about the selfless acts friends are accomplishing every day. My point is that we don't have to feel helpless. We can do small things, and our acts will inspire someone else to do good things, and with enough focused energy and hope, we can create a world full of people who reach out when things are tough and hold one another up.
Our capitalist society isn't very effective in creating selfless giving. It tries, but everything comes down to money. Only we, as individuals, can breed a spirit of generosity, charity, abundance, and love. Good begets good, just as evil begets evil. Let's join the battle for good. With the smallest act, we can be part of the solution in the battle for love.