Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Dwellings For The Displaced



A few months ago, I received a solicitation in the mail for a magazine subscription in the form of a fund-raiser for my nephew in Washington. A sucker for Giving Kids Money, I browsed the magazine choices. Darin suggested, "What about TIME magazine?" I shrugged, agreed, and mailed off the check. (WHAT?! I still write checks, it makes me feel like a grownup.)

A while later, my 11-year-old daughter picked up one of the copies of TIME and read the cover story, which is about Tent Cities in Haiti. She asked if everyone has to live in a tent after an earthquake. We told her that some people have to live in cardboard, they don't even have a tent.

The wheels in her head, they began to turn, and what she has come up with is a wee project called Dwellings For The Displaced.

During the month of July, 2010, li'l ~j. is collecting tents and tarps -- new or used -- to be donated to those in need. Initially she specifically had those in Haiti in mind, but recently learned that there is a Tent City in the Salt Lake area, so she will allot some for locals as well.

This project is only going on for the month of July, and there are various drop-off points along the Wasatch Front. Please see the Dwellings For The Displaced blog for more information, and don't forget to follow @TentsandTarps on twitter. And you could become a facebook fan. And you could ask me questions here (because I help her with the online stuff).

Please spread the word. Thank you.

10 comments:

Cecily R said...

What a COOL kid you have!! Fantastic idea!

I'm on the hunt for tents and tarps, AND I'll spread the word online too.

{natalie} said...

i think it is so cool that lil j wanted to help and is making it happen. it's one thing to have good thoughts but another to do it. great work!

Steph said...

Your kid is rad...

And let me know if I can do anything to help.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

That is so cool... seriously. You child rocks!

nakedjen said...

your kid? just made me cry. i will absolutely do everything i can to help her make this a huge success.

and i want to thank you for bringing such shining beautiful hearts of goodness into this world.

Naomi Miles said...

Your daughter is fabulous!

~j. said...

Thanks, everybody! I hope she's able to meet success with this.

Melissa LeVesque said...

Have you considered entering it in the Pepsi Refresh Evertyhing contest? I don't know much about it, just that they're givign grants out for tons of things based on a public vote. Might help out with some of the shipping costs when she goes to send the tents elsewhere...

Melissa LeVesque said...

Have you considered entering it in the Pepsi Refresh Evertyhing contest? I don't know much about it, just that they're givign grants out for tons of things based on a public vote. Might help out with some of the shipping costs when she goes to send the tents elsewhere...

Jessica bern said...

as I Jewish woman, I have never found a need for tent as camping is against my religion. Trust me if I did, I would be more than happy to give it over.

xoxo

Give your kid a big hug from me, I'm proud of her