Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Humanity Plaza

Posted by kuri, ping, the pinglet, & mini-ping on 9/28/2005
This is the coolest thing. My mom (Hi Mom! *wave*) told me about how Rockafeller Plaza in NYC has become "Humanity Plaza", with volunteers from all over taking part in this event organized by NBC News, Habitat for Humanity International, and Warner Music Group.

Homes for families affected by the hurricanes are being built around the clock--literally. This is a 5-day, 24-hour project, with support from thousands of people working to shelter people who have been affected. These houses, called "homes in a box", are part of a project that aims to build 100 houses, among other projects that are being carried out by Habitat.

These "Homes in a Box" consist of "the materials needed to build a house – either purchased or donated – and then, working with volunteers in communities all over the country, will “pre-build” the frame of a home over a few days. The house will be tacked together to ensure a rock-solid fit, then the frame will be taken apart and the components placed, along with other necessary construction materials, in a container and shipped to an area along the Gulf Coast or New Orleans where families, volunteers and builders will rebuild the home." (from Habitat for Humanity).

Other organizations are also going in on this project, including Scholastic Books, which is helping to turn the houses into real homes by filling each with 100 children's books; the Salvation Army, and Children for Children, which is sending mural panels made by children to New Orleans and other locations as gifts from the kids of NYC. These same children will create "backyards in a box", which are containers that are filled with footballs, chalk, and jump rope, as well as other items, in order to "bring a piece of home to children who no longer have one." (from Children for Children).

It is amazing what we can do when we want to. If only we brought a little bit of imagination to all the problems in the world, there wouldn't be any problems. So if you are even the least bit inspired by the wonderful activities that are going on, make a visit to the websites of these organizations or give them a call. Even if you don't have the chance, wherewithall, or necessary skills to help out in person, you can always let the people who are doing something know that you care and appreciate their efforts through financial donations, getting your kids or their schools involved, or by telling them how they are making the world a better place, bit by bit.

And now, I'm off to do just that.

1 of you feeling verklempt. Tawlk amongst yourselves:

Anonymous said...

Dad, Aunt Patty & I went down to Humanity Center, with our hammers...didn't get a chance to help out (which we knew we probably wouldn't because the volunteer rolls were filled), but we were able to get really close to the workers and watch & it was awesome to watch the energy & hear the hammers going.....30 houses this week!


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