Archive for the ‘Disasters’ Tag

RL Earthquake in Italy

Writing from Hoover, Alabama.

News comes through Reuters of a magnitude 6 earthquake in Italy today. I know at least one Italian Resident, Pier, the master of the Koinup photo hosting service; and there are many others. You might want to check your own contacts, and pray for their safety.

There will probably be a move to gather support for victims. Around the Grid will watch for news, and let you know what you can do to help.

Posted May 20, 2012 by Harper Ganesvoort in News, People, Real Life

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Haiti Earthquake

The news is pretty well spread around by now of the disastrous earthquake in Haiti.  A country already in a constant state of teetering on the edge has been given another shove by a magnitude 7.0 quake and the associated aftershocks.

Contributions are welcomed at the site of the American Red Cross, as well as other reputable charities.  I myself would recommend Episcopal Relief and Development, whose banner I keep in my sidebar constantly.  I know that all administrative expenses for ER & D are taken care of by a fully-funded endowment, so 100% of contributions are put to the goal designated.  They have set up a Haiti fund that you can contribute to from this page.

If you wish to do something in a more practical mode, you can knit or crochet, and you’re a member of Ravelry, the online home of fiber crafters, start going through your old, undedicated yarn and knitting afghan squares.  A group has sprung up on Ravelry to take all squares sent in and sew them into blankets for forwarding to Haiti.  A few people have put up patterns, but it doesn’t have to be fancy; I have some yarn I’m destashing this way, and I’m just whipping out a square in garter stitch (simple knit).  If you don’t belong to Ravelry, it’s easy to join and free.

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