Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Donate a Tent to Help Needy People in Haiti

This article is my contribution to help out a friend — concerned in the wake of the 2010 Haiti earthquake — who has found her calling as part of the Haiti Earthquake Relief Effort… by leading the URGENT CALL FOR TENTS ” drive for which you see the flyer below. Click thru to see the full sized flyer, or read below where I'm 'duplicating' the text so that it will be picked up by search engines.
Do You Have A Tent That You Would Like
To Donate to Help The People of Haiti ?

There are over 100,000 people without homes in Haiti. Port-au-Prince is in ruins and as you have seen on the news, everywhere there are vast cities of makeshift tents built of sticks, bed sheets and bits of plastic occupying any clear space. One of the Haitian people’s most immediate needs is temporary shelter to protect them from mosquitoes, heat and rain. The rainy season in Haiti is imminent.

If you have a quality, family-style tent or light-weight sleeping bag(s) in relatively good condition that you would like to donate to the Haitian people in their time of need, a Pepperell resident is collecting them and delivering them to other volunteers connected with Partners in Health to get them to Haiti.

For MA residents, please contact Karen at 978.433.8239 (or eMail her at and she will arrange for a pickup — you can just donate without having to ship anything.

Non-MA residents please check this article which describes the Massachusetts-based consolidation and shipping effort that Karen is using. Simply ship your tent(s) to Mark Richey using the contact info in that article. And contrary to what the article (currently) says… there is no deadline so please donate tents as soon as possible so we can make the most of every shipment.

This is a legitimate grass roots effort with National participation. See contact info above for more details.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Groundhog Day comes to Groton

Of course, it was just a matter of time. Just wait long enough after New Years, and before you know it   it'll be Groundhog Day. And no big surprise — Punxsutawney Phil today gave us the usual 'bad news' about 6 more weeks of Winter. Well, at least it's not 2 months!

So... as my debut article in the new "community blog" called The Groton Line ”, I decided to try out juxtaposing two pictures that show something like "the Pammett Groton Woods" before and after the January thaw. Imagine... just two weeks ago the "glenn" in our woods looked like the image on the left, below, and now the snow's all gone as you see on the right.

Now... if only that meant that Winter were really over and done with!!

Rest asured I've lived in New England long enough to not be holding my breath about that. But if you are so inclined, join with me in "Think Spring" — as I do every year about this time  !!