Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Helping Others

Disasters like the one in Japan remind me that I am fortunate to have a food, water, and shelter. No matter how challenging things get for me, I am still in a position to help others. Because I am not able to volunteer or give blood, I donate money. Even $10 can make a difference.

Here are some organizations that help people in need (the US organizations have international counterparts):

American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/
Doctors Without Borders: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/
Oxfam America: http://www.oxfamamerica.org/
UNICEF: http://www.unicef.org/

In addition to helping people in Japan, these organizations are working on relief efforts in North Africa and the Middle East, Haiti, and other projects throughout the world. If you prefer to help those in need in your own country, there are plenty of local charities that accept donations.
Before you donate any money, make sure you are donating to a legitimate organization. Please do your homework. Watch out for fake charities. Here's an article that gives advice about making donations: "Donate to Japan tsunami victims, not scammers: How to avoid frauds set up to snare charitable dollars aimed at Japan." Even though the article is directed at Japan programs, the information can apply to any charity.


Anonymous said...

Just happened by this site! I also have gluten intolerance, PCOS and chronic fatigue syndrome. The herbal remedies raspberry leaf tea and spearmint tea work wonders for PCOS. I drink both every day. If you have cysts, you can quit caffeine and take Vitamin E and evening primrose oil to heal them. It should take less than 6 months. Still working on chronic fatigue - it's definitely liver related so I'm changing my diet drastically. Good luck!

alyson said...

Hi Anonymous! Thanks for dropping by. It's interesting how many people with CFS have so many overlapping issues. I'll definitely look into the teas you've recommended. I'm a fan of trying to correct problems naturally if at all possible. Fortunately, I don't have any active cysts at the moment (or at least they're not numerous enough or large enough to bother me). It's the other PCOS symptoms that are my problem these days. I wonder if the vitamin E and evening primrose oil will help those symptoms. I'll look into it. Anyway, good to hear from you, and good luck to you, too!