We had a birthday party yesterday. Charlie was two earlier this week. The same age as Radejeson Hausteen who was plucked from the rubble in Haiti after being buried for nearly three days. His desperate parents had tried in vain to reach him until international rescue teams arrived in Port-au-Prince. They finally broke through the wreckage of his home and reached the little boy, passing him along a human chain into his mother's arms. Covered in dried blood and weak with hunger, flesh wounds covering his frightened body, his smile on being reunited with his mother became a beacon of hope in an increasingly desperate race to locate survivors.
And those survivors now need our help. Bloggers across the country are uniting to raise money for a Shelter Box. In fact, as I write, the total raised so far is edging towards the sum required for two boxes. What an achievement! Let's make it three. Or four. Or five. Or however many we can. Each custom-made box contains a ten-person tent, a range of survival equipment and a tool box together with other essential items. Oh, and a children's pack of drawing books, pencils and pens so that the likes of Radejson - who have lost everything - can do the things that children do. You can donate here. Please do. Every little helps. And what a present for the likes of Radjeson!
This is my 200th blog-post. I love blogging; I've met and chatted with a group of super people; I've reaped some of the benefits that bloggers have enjoyed; I've shared the wisdom and experience of a world of on-line parents. But nothing means as much, or makes me prouder, than when the bloggers come together in this way. And I can think of no more fitting way of marking both this mini blogging milestone, and Charlie's birthday.