Reflection on Weekend’s Book Bash

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This past weekend was spent in scavenger hunting fun! Since the pandemic, they’ve (GISH) been doing more and more mini-hunts to give people on lockdown something to do and raise money for charity. This most recent hunt was called a Book Bash and most of the items centered around reading and writing. My go-to’s if you will. With my writing retreat cancelled I found myself with nothing* to do so I signed up at the last minute.

[*Nothing to do means: cleaning house, taking a shower, going to mass, planning and cooking dinner, writing, preparing and filing my taxes, typing up interfaith meeting notes, writing and sending Cursillo reports, and half a dozen other things that are still on my to-do list, but hey who doens’t have 48 hours to spend aimlessly. I also signed up for a free vision journal workshop at a food co-op.]

Aimlessly doesn’t accurately describe the weekend, but I think you get the drift of the lack of impulse control I sometimes have.

Before I share the few items I did, I want to share the link to the charity that we supported with our registration fees: World Central Kitchen for their current humanitarian work in Ukraine. Their leader is Chef Jose Andres who leads with his heart and encourages giving especially where getting hungry people their necessary nourishment. If you have the mean, please give generously. They are on the ground in the world’s poorest and dangerous places, bringing hope with their meals.

World Central Kitchen

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Where Can I Help? (Updated 4/29/20)

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So many people already need help, and some of us are in the position to offer that help. I am personally not recommending any of the following groups. I do not know their charity or non-profit status. What I have done is taken the original poster into account and I’ve gone to the website to see that it appears legitimate. Use your own judgment, and do not give more than you can afford.

I will continue to add as new ones come to my attention.

Broadway Cares COVID-19 Emergency Fund for health care, emergency financial assistance, and counseling during this pandemic (onstage and behind the scenes)

Broadway World

CDC Foundation

City Harvest – NYC

Coronavirus Relief Fund – split between Feeding America, Meals on Wheels, No Kid Hungry, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Restaurant Workers Community Foundation, CDC Foundation, and Direct Relief.

Direct Relief – disaster relief

Feed Albany (NY)

Feeding America

Feed the Front (Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick)

Food Banks Canada

God’s Love We Deliver – non-sectarian. Food tailored to medical needs of clients.

Homeless in Wisconsin

Homeless Shelter Directory – to help those in your community, look up shelters near you and donate directly.

Invisible Hands Deliver – NYC & some environs, some NJ

Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation

Meals on Wheels

National Domestic Workers Alliance

National Low Income Housing Coalition

No Kid Hungry

Project Angel Food – meals and nutrition help for people who are battling illness.

Restaurant Workers Community Foundation

WHO Solidarity Response Fund (World Health Organization)

World Central Kitchen