A Hand for Haiti

by Lauren | Celiac Teen on January 16, 2010

I always feel a disconnect with huge catastrophic events.  In a way, I guess I don’t understand them, and in another way I just don’t know how to deal with them.  They are events that you never forget and never fully comprehend unless you truly experienced it.  It brings be back to grade nine, when my social studies teacher wrote a quote on the board.

“One death is a tragedy, a million deaths are a statistic.”  Yes, I’m paraphrasing but the idea is the same.  I don’t know how I can help when so many lives have been taken or ruined.  50 000 people and counting, that is more people than I have ever met.  Ever spent time with, ever known.  I simply cannot imagine.  I just know that I have to do something.  I don’t have a job or form of income, so I can’t do what some other amazing bloggers are doing (for every comment left, they will donate a certain amount).

But I can bake.  I can cook.  I can ask you.  I can talk to some other bloggers.  Maybe what we can start a trend.  Maybe ten people will listen, and those people will tell another ten, who will tell ten more and eventually it will snowball into enough to help some people.  Lots of families and friends.
It may not be big, but an ebook is what I am going to contribute.  An ebook from the blogosphere’s favourite recipes.  The ones that are made more than any other.  The ones that mean home to them.

I don’t know how long it will be, or how much work it will take, but it will happen.  Relief is being sent there in bundles now, and in a few weeks, they will still need clean food and water.  Medical support will still be saving lives.

Currently, some of the “big” bloggers are getting together to make a cookbook (hold in your hands, feel the paper =D), but I’m sixteen.  I’ve never written a cookbook.  My photos still have a little ways to go.

Sometimes the hardest thing is to start.  So, I’m starting.  I hope that you will join me.

With that said, if you’re a blogger, send me your favourite, most loved recipe that makes you feel at home with an email subject line of “Haiti Ebook” to mail (at) celiacteen (dot) com {replacing the (at) and (dot) with applicable characters!}.  Please also include a picture!  The recipe does not have to be gluten free.  It can be a baked good, a meal, a breakfast, a treat, anything.  Whatever it is though, make sure it makes you think of home.  They lost theirs, so a comforting dish is the best way in my eyes!

I would like to have the submissions by January 24th, in order to get it out relatively quickly!

I’m looking into the best charities to use, but am thinking it will have something to do with food? The Canadian Red Cross and Doctors without Boarders are also likely candidates =D.  Thoughts on that would be wonderful as well!


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