Today, I’m really excited to share with you a new charity called Bloggers Without Borders. Bloggers without Borders (BwoB) is a blogger-based charity whose mission is to help people—bloggers and readers alike—by harnessing the good will of the blogging community. Its founders are Maggy Keet of ThreeManyCooks, Erika Pineda-Ghanny of The Ivory Hut, Julie Van Rosendaal of Dinner with Julie, and Aimee Wimbush-Bourque of Simple Bites.
Tragedy pops up so unexpectedly. When it happens it’s hard to know how to help or how we can make a difference. It’s easy to feel like our efforts are insignificant or pointless. Sometimes we might even feel like our help is unwanted. But there’s no denying it . . . people are hurting and they need help.
Bloggers without Borders is a way for bloggers to help other bloggers and the people in their community, in the US and even around the world.
We know people want to help, and there are people who need that help. We hope to do our part to bring them together.
BwoB officially launches in July 2011. However, given the recent devastation in Joplin, MO Bloggers Without Borders has decided to make Joplin their first campaign and start providing monetary help immediately.
From Bloggers Without Borders:
The tragedy in Joplin has closely touched the life of blogging friend, Sheila from Strawberry Cake. Her great aunt was killed when the nursing home she was living in was hit by the huge tornado that devastated the area. Other members of Sheila’s family were hospitalized with injuries and have damaged homes.
We know there are many bloggers out there who would like to help the people of Joplin—but, of course, we are not there. We don’t know what the needs are. So we are raising money for Sheila’s family and the people of Joplin. Rather than give it to a large aid organization, we’re going to give it to Sheila so that she can distribute it to the people, organizations or local efforts that need help.
Once the money is collected and has been dispersed, Sheila will share with us what she did with the money—who it helped and how it helped—so that we can share that with you. You’ll know right where your money went.
So please give $1, $5 or as much as your financial situation allows. This money will go to people directly affected by the disaster—given to the people who need it by someone from our own community.
The simple act of giving can help change the lives of many or maybe even just one person. Don’t convince yourself that your gift is insignificant or too small to make a difference. It can change someone’s life. It can change your own life as well. If you’d like to donate, please use one of the donation buttons here. Every bit of it will go to those in need.
Thank you for reading. I’ll be leaving the Bloggers Without Borders button on my blog. If you’d like to get a button for your own site, you can email them and they’ll provide you with the code and any other information you might need. I’d encourage you to also follow them on Twitter so you can stay updated on who they are helping and how they are making a difference, one donation at a time.
One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed
a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.
Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?”
The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean.
The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”
“Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach
and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish,
and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said,
“I made a difference for that one.”
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Article originally published on 05/27/2011