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It’s been a hard end to the summer. It feels like we have been ridden hard and put away wet (to borrow a phrase). And, like that well-lathered horse, we will be feeling the effects for a long time.

Top of mind is the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria, and the two earthquakes that rocked Mexico. Nature does not discriminate when it comes for us. The islands of the U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas) and Puerto Rico are especially hard hit. And as I write this, our Las Vegas community has been brought to its knees by the inhuman tragedy of a mass shooting at a concert on the Strip.

A friend wrote in her Facebook post this morning, “Every human being on this earth is capable of tremendous good and tremendous evil.” This is true. It is played out with every tragedy, whether natural or man-made. But it is truer than ever when that tragedy is earthshaking senseless.

It is hard to watch what has been happening lately and not feel helpless in the face of it all. That’s me. Feeling helpless. The Caribbean islands hit close to home for me. Many of you know that I came to the U.S. from Jamaica. I know what it is like to live up in the hills, far away from “town”. I know what it is to be cut off from those mod-ern conviences. It really wasn’t that long ago that we got electricity in the “country”. So, yes, I feel for the people of all the hurricane-ravaged islands; for all the devastat-ed people of the earthquakes. And now, the place I choose to call home, Las Vegas, has been attacked by a man-made ravager.

Yes, I feel helpless but I was reminded by another friend that if everyone just did their part, no matter how small, it makes a difference. Diedria Joseph owner of Topp Knotch Personnel in Houston, and one of our 2017 WBEs Who Rock! cover features, started a fund( which they will use to help a few families in need in Houston. They will also be going to a neighborhood on Saturday, October 21, to bring suppliers and helping hands. I am very proud to share the planet with people like Diedria.

So, this is me, doing my part. As human beings, only we can help each other. It doesn’t matter how big or small, it matters. If all you have are a couple of dollars, find a reputable charity and give it. A recent article in USA Today gave some very helpful information on where to give and how to check that your dollars are being directed by reputable non-profit organizations ( Don’t have money? Give blood. That is something we can make back. Hospitals and blood banks are always in short supply during these times.

There are many other efforts like Diedria’s happening all around. So, rally together in service of all that is good and decent. We are powerful when we each do our part in support of our communities.

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