I honestly don’t even know where to begin. I am deeply saddened by all the events that have unfolded these past few days. They say that bad things always come in three’s but this list goes on and on. What is worse is that things are not over. I have a feeling that this post is going to be very long, so grab a glass!
If on Monday you told me how this week was going to play out, I would of probably laughed in your face and called you crazy. I was so excited and honored that I was chosen to attend events over at New York Fashion Week. I even had all my days planned out for the events I was going to hit, plus I was excited to get to see my blogger friends in the city. Then Tuesday happened, and I realized that as much as I’d love exposure to continue to grow I could not turn a blind eye and pretend that the world was okay when it clearly isn’t. I’ve decided to cancel all my events this week and try and do something to help.
On Tuesday I received the hateful news that the Trump Administration had decided to rescind DACA. Over 800,000 young men and women were told that the government they had trusted no longer wanted them here. If you’re unfamiliar with DACA, let me give you a quick recap: DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This law was passed under the Obama administration and in short allowed people who were brought “illegally” to the United States as children to have the ability to go school and get working permits. For the past couple of years, DACA recipients have been progressing in college and universities and have been contributing to this countries economy by working and paying their taxes. This was an act of pure racism, but you and I can help. The best way to defend DACA recipients is to call your congressional representative and tell them you support dreamers and that the Trump Administration can go f*ck themselves (well maybe not but something like it). Click on this link to find who represents you and call them and tell them to help pass the DREAM ACT : https://callyourrep.co
Houston mayor Sylvester Turner and County Judge Ed Emmett have established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, you can donate money and volunteer to help: https://ghcf.org
Global giving: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-harvey-relief-fund/
Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-irma-donations
Global giving: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-irma-relief-fund/
UNICEF which will pay special focus on children: https://www.unicefusa.org/stories/unicef-responding-catastrophic-hurricane-irma/32788
Convoy of Hope: https://www.convoyofhope.org/blog/features/disaster-response/hurricane-irma/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI34C3guyS1gIVrbftCh2IDg5IEAAYBCAAEgKfkPD_BwE
Antigua & Barbuda: http://abredcross.org/disaster/
*Updates when it hits land.
*I haven’t been able to find a relief fund for Mexico, I will update when one comes up… Remember you can always donate blood at the Red Cross for events such as these to help.*
Mass Floods & Landslides in South Asia:
Support child survivors & victims: https://www.unicefusa.org/donate/support-unicefs-emergency-relief-programs/16087
Donate essentials to reduce the risk of water-borne disease (money goes to buying purifiers and sanitary hygiene products for victims: https://secure.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.9386565/k.545F/Childrens_Emergency_Fund/apps/ka/sd/donor.asp
Become a volunteer: http://www.ifrc.org/en/what-we-do/volunteers/what-is-a-volunteer/become-a-volunteer/
Contribute to local NGO’s: http://goonj.org
I will continue to look for more places to offer help. Finding these were definitely harder than I thought. Make sure to help in any way you can. If you are in the Long Island area in New York. I will be collecting supplies and perishables to send to different affected areas. Please contact me if you’d like to contribute and help, thank you.