I've mentioned before that my inspiration for this blog came from stories about the famine victims in Yemen, Somalia, and Nigeria.
There are always famine victims somewhere in the world, but these particular famines affected me so deeply that I wanted to help.
While doing research for a novel I'm writing, I read about a Haitian woman who would give her children salt water before bed so their hunger pains wouldn't keep them awake at night.
That just hit me in the gut. I have two toddlers, and it physically hurts when their needs aren't being met. What it would be like to hear them crying for food and to have nothing to give them?
Later as I read stories about millions of people dying of hunger in Africa, I imagined that all over again. Then one line at the end of the article changed me:
"Some communities have lost all their toddlers."
I thought of my girls and started crying...not the good kind of crying where you let out your emotions and feel better afterwards. The kind of crying that aches so much, you just want to forget about it.
Usually I would have just donated money and let that be it, but the thing is, I had already planned a fundraiser to raise money for grad school. This left me with a choice; I could either go forward with my plans to do an online auction for my education, or I could use the same amount of planning and energy for famine victims.
I really want that money for grad school. But I also couldn't live with myself if I had a chance to raise money for dying toddlers and I chose not to.
How You Can Help
On June 1st, the auction is going to go live on CharityAuctionsToday.com. In the meantime, I'm going to collect crafts, treats, gift certificates, and new and barely-used items that can be easily shipped. If you have any talents to share or items you want to give, send an email to teralynpilgrim (at) gmail (dot) com with:
When the auction closes, I will message you with the address to send the item to and money to ship it.
All the proceeds will go to LDS Humanitarian Aid Fund. My husband and I have volunteered to do cleanup with them for six local disasters, so I have full confidence that they will use the funds we send wisely and effectively.
I can't do this on my own. Thank you, in advance, to everyone who feels inspired to help.