Reblogging my own post from earlier today with added information because some of you messaged me asking what I ended up doing. See below for the link. (I know this is long, so apologies to those of you using the Tumblr app.)
I watched some of the Ferguson live feed last night until I couldn’t watch anymore, and I have been reading the twitter stream over the last two days. I have no words for any of it, just rage and horror and sadness that this is happening, and none of those feelings can actually change what’s going on there.
What keeps echoing in my head is this:
"My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers, so many caring people in this world."
And thankfully, there are always helpers. But I hope this living nightmare for the people of Ferguson ends soon. I’m finding things I can do from here in Chicago to help Ferguson in some small way, and will continue looking for the helpers already there.
After sending a bunch of emails to different organizations in Missouri, I ended up calling the St. Louis Area Foodbank. I spoke with Verletta—their VP of Development—at length this morning.
I know donating to a local food bank isn’t going to solve what we’re all seeing unfold on the news. It’s not going to make the injustices that have already happened and are continuing to happen in Ferguson and in other places stop. I fully understand that.
But I wanted to reach out and do some small thing from here. I can’t physically help anyone in Ferguson because I live in Chicago. So, for me, donating to their local food bank is better than watching what’s happening and doing nothing with my outrage.
If you are interested in donating to the food bank like I have, CLICK HERE.
Per Verletta, please be sure to put “Ferguson” in the comment section (see below for screencaps) so the funds will be allocated to that community specifically, though really at the end of the day, a donation is a donation and each one is appreciated by the people of St. Louis, as they would be in any community.
Please feel free to reblog this.