15 minutes of fame

Spotlights illuminate specific people and places for short amounts of time. Because there is always a new star – a new “it” thing to highlight. Today’s news is old the minute it is aired or printed. Seconds after commentators comment and news anchors report, the “breaking stories” are shattered to bits by an onslaught of newer, bigger, better stories. Chasing after the next story, the next national or world crisis takes over and everyone forgets the past 24 hours.

Haiti. It was a hot topic. Inspired to help, actors, actresses, athletes, activists, musicians and other so-called celebrities rushed to the rescue. They joined forces to produce a song – to perform concerts – to run television ads and wear trendy t-shirts. All well and good. I guess.

Reporters broke the news and camera crews satellited photos and videos of children and families devastated by the quake.

And we, the public, dried the tears out of our eyes, dug in our wallets and then moved on to the next morning’s headlines and “just in” reports.

Except. Long after a topic is hot, the people it initially devastated, it continues to devastate.

Such is the case for 9/11 victims.
Such is the case for Columbine victims.
Such is the case for tsunami victims.
Such is the case for Katrina victims.
Such is the case for Haiti victims.

Those Haitian children, orphaned and homeless, are still orphaned and homeless. Celebrities did not solve all of their problems.
Fear paralyzes the Haitian’s – how can they ever trust a building structure again?
Gnawing at them from the inside out is the reminder that they don’t have the guarantee of a daily meal – and three meals a day is as foreign to them as their lifestyle is to us.
They, like the 9/11, Columbine, tsunami, and Katrina victims (as well as thousands of other “old news” victims) need continued support.
From you. From me.

Feed My Starving Children is a Minnesota Christian based non-profit (three MN locations, one Chicago area location, with plans for additional locations, and mobile pack sites) whose mission is to send specially formulated protein/vitamin enriched packages of food to the little children of the world.
Volunteers are the heart and soul of their operation. The specially formulated meals that are sent to third world countries, such as Haiti, are packaged by volunteers — school groups, church youth groups, adult groups, major corporations and companies, families, and other community groups.
And that’s it. The meals don’t pack themselves. Volunteers are essential, vital, crucial – without volunteers the meals don’t get packed and without packed meals, children don’t eat.
What happens to children when they don’t eat?
They starve.
They contract illnesses.
They die.

FMSC is doing awesome work. They partner with numerous other established organizations – organizations that were on the ground in Haiti when the quake hit – organizations that have handed out these special meals for years. But FMSC can’t do awesome work unless awesome people remember Haiti.

Bring the spotlight back on Haiti. Think about it. Pray about it. Do something about it. Don’t let it fade into the blur of our CNN-FOX-NBC-mumbo-jumbo-news-reels.
Give Haiti its 15 minutes of fame.
Again and again.

* it is easy to forget. believe me, i know. the NHL Stanley Cup Finals have “consumed” my spotlight the past month or so. but this post was inspired by my recent time spent at FMSC filling in with a very small volunteer group of school kids — a lot of groups have been canceling. and it was a good reminder – a much-needed reminder.
if you or someone you know have a group – of friends, co-workers, kids, college kids, etc. and are looking for a way to serve and “do good works,” please consider donating time and even funds to FMSC. check out their website for specific locations and information on volunteering. you’ll be happy you did.


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