#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

A Drop in the Bucket?

It’s hard, seeing the film of all those people suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. So many stranded, searching for lost loved ones, so many hungry and sick, lost and homeless. So many bereaved. What can one person do? The need seems overwhelming, and no single donation will really make a dent–or so it seems.

Here’s what YOU can do. Send a donation. The Red Cross and the Salvation Army are on the front lines, serving meals, passing out blankets, rendering medical aid. Can’t send a big donation? Not to worry. Send $10, $5–or even $1. There are 200-plus million people in this country. If they all gave a dollar, that would make a difference, wouldn’t it?

Americans are generous. They pull together in a crisis. These are our people, and we must be there for them, in whatever way we can, large or small. Please–don’t give in to that sense of helplessness that says you can’t make a difference. You can, if you CHOOSE to. It’s a matter of pulling together. Of not copping out by leaving it to others.

And there’s another thing we can do. We can pray. Prayer makes a difference, even though we do not usually see instantaneous results, especially in a disaster of this scope. How? By providing an unconscious sense of support. You can be there for these people in a vital way, by praying.

Finally, this will be a long road back. Keep praying, and keep giving, whenever you can.

It shouldn’t be hard to put ourselves in their places.

There, after all, but for the Grace of God…

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