Friday, January 22, 2010

Help Haitians

First Presidency Appeals to Members to Help Haiti

In an official statement, the First Presidency has appealed to the worldwide membership of the Church to help relieve the suffering in Haiti. To make a donation, go to the Humanitarian Services Emergency Response donation form. Visit the Newsroom for updates on the Church’s relief efforts in Haiti.

(Just so you know, funds given through the LDS church will really make it to the people who need it - and will NOT be wasted on excessive administration.)

Relief Supplies Provided by the Church

Three air shipments of aid provided by the Church have arrived and are being used in Haiti. They include food, medical supplies, tents, water filtration bottles, blankets, newborn kits, wheelchairs, first aid kits and other items. Those three flights include a total of nearly 225,000 pounds of relief supplies. The Church provided the transportation for one of those flights, and CARE and United Airlines provided transport for the other two.

Two more flights are scheduled to leave from Miami by this weekend, and additional flights are planned from Chicago. United Airlines again is providing the transportation for the Chicago shipments, and Islamic Relief USA is providing part of the transportation costs for the Miami shipments. Plans are also being made for future shipments.

Additionally, three truckloads of relief supplies have arrived in Haiti with supplies the Church procured in the Dominican Republic.

Medical Relief

A team of five medical personnel coordinated by the Church arrived on Friday, 15 January, from the Dominican Republic to assist the injured. Another team of 16 medical professionals from the United States arrived on 18 January and are currently providing care for those who need it. “It means so much to these people to know that somebody knows that they are here,” said Brandon Hall, a doctor from Mapleton, Utah.

The Deseret News has been following the doctors and has published these stories on the work they are doing:

First Medical Team Sent by Mormon Church to Arrive in Haiti

Medical Team Finally Reaches Haiti

Church Meetinghouses as Shelters

All of the Church’s meetinghouses in Haiti have been left largely undamaged. Local Church leaders report that nine chapels in Haiti have been used to shelter as many as 5,000 people in local communities where the chapels are located. Several truckloads of food and other relief supplies have been shipped to the chapels, and doctors sent by the Church have provided treatment to injured individuals who are taking shelter there.

Church Member and Missionary Status

Among the millions of people affected by the earthquake in Haiti are thousands of Latter-day Saints. As reported last week on, all Latter-day Saint missionaries in Haiti are accounted for and safe. They are now participating in the relief efforts and have been helping unload relief supplies at the Church’s meetinghouses. At this point, 20 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have died as a result of the quake, and hundreds more have injuries.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Make -Up Birdies

This is just packaging, but I am partial to birds and Mac make-up. The March Give Me Liberty of London Launch is a combination of both. I am currently doing the Project 10 Pan challenge, which means that I have to finish 10 items before I can buy another, and I have thrown out a couple of items already with another 3-4 nearly done, but I will have to work a little harder in order to pick up a couple of these new items. Sarra is laughing in the aisles right now, because if I did Project 100 Pan, it still wouldn't clean this place out. When Royall said that her make up collection counted as 1 item, I sighed with relief! I have my eye on the nail polish (greeny blue) for sure. I will never, in my life time, finish a nail polish, so that's out - I'm not even going to try.

All I have to say is that while I was raising my family I didn't have the time, or actually at that time, the inclination, but now with gravity and all things aged lurking at my door, I am not going down without a fight.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year!!

Anyone know how to shrink this image to fit?? My new years resolution, learn how to shrink images to fit my blog:-)

We're having a clean up day today - feels good. I love to clear Christmas stuff out! Don't know why - but the tree is always the first thing to get turfed... on boxing day:-) It's like moving all the farm animals out in the fable of the woman who's home was too small. Everything feels bigger and more spacious:-) What I do like to hold on to is the wonderful Christmas spirit...which is aided by removing the superficial clutter.