Friday, February 5, 2010

Writer's Can Help Too

Each day the news is filled with grim reports about the effects of the recession on Americans. It seems to have touched everyone in some way. Perhaps your co-worker was laid off, or a friend suffered a cut in pay or loss of hours. Anyway you look at it, these are difficult times.

Despite the hardships Americans have endured, they are nothing compared to the harrowing anguish Haitians are experiencing as a result of a recent earthquake. I’ve read heart wrenching reports about death and devastation, homelessness and hunger and strife and dissention throughout the country. Although relief efforts are underway, there is still much work to be done.

Right about now you may be asking yourself what the situation in Haiti has to do with writing. According to a wonderful blog called Slush- busters ( it has everything to do with it. A group called the Harry Potter Alliance is raising money to send three cargo planes filled with life saving supplies to Haiti. So far, the Alliance has raised $97,000 toward its goal of $105,000.

J.K. Rowling has been a long time supporter of the Alliance, and the idea behind the organization is based on her Harry Potter novels. Harry and his friends, Hermione and Ron, fight injustice and evil in the world to make it a better place. Using this inspiring theme, the Alliance encourages young adults to volunteer their time to bring about social change.

If you would like to contribute to the Alliance’s efforts to support Haiti, please go to ( While visiting the site you can enter a raffle to win prizes that are oriented toward children’s literature . The raffle deadline is this Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. I know times are hard for all of us, but I hope you will consider that compared to Haiti, us American’s are truly blessed. Until next time, happy writing.