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Blogs of Writer, Artist, Photographer, & Caregiver Joanne D. Kiggins

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Joanne has published more than 2,500 articles and was award recipient of the 1990 Woman of the Year for Beaver County, Pennsylvania, for her accomplishments and excellence in journalism and to the community. Her co-authored book, “Unforgettable Journey,” won fifth place in the Grand Beginnings romance contest. An excerpt from her WIP, “Unearthed,” placed her fifth in the Absolute Write Idol contest. Most recently, her essay, “Perseverance,” is published in the Stories of Strength anthology in which 100% of the profits are donated to disaster relief charities. Her most recent articles were published in ByLine Magazine, Writer's Digest, AbsoluteWrite.com, and Moondance.org. She has a monthly freelance writing column at Absolutewrite.com. Currently, she is the sole caregiver for her 85-year-old mother.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Refugees are HUMAN BEINGS first!

Nearly six days later, report after report of relief efforts either being stalled or refused, I don’t care who is to blame. Those caught in this whirlwind of politics, racism and utter rhetoric, ARE HUMAN BEINGS regardless of color, creed, social standing, political affiliation or geographic location; they need help and they need help now.

It will take years for these afflicted areas to clean up and rebuild.

Once again, we, the people need to open our hearts and pull together for those in need. Put aside the flippant remarks and political innuendos made by everyone. Do whatever you can to help. Dig into your pockets, give what you can, whether it be money, time, or commodities. And while you’re doing what you can to help, pray that the next time we have a national emergency, someone will be minding the store.

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