Keegan Gibbs – Blog

Haiti

Posted in Indonesia, Travel by Keegan on January 20, 2010

Last year I was in Indonesia during the earthquake. Seeing the devastation first hand was life changing. I felt helpless as we stood on streets where a complete city block was turned to rumble on the ground. Now with Haiti, I again feel helpless.

We have all heard about donations through texting etc… however it felt impersonal and the politics of the delegation of the money was unsatisfying (which I say very lightly as I COMPLETELY encourage everyone to donate, even if it is just a few dollars because it will help tremendously). However, a few days back I heard from a friend that many Fed-Ex and UPS shipping centers have donation banks set up for clothes etc… I walked into my room shortly after and saw a closet full of shoes, t-shirts, jeans, sweatpants, jackets, socks etc… that I do not wear any more, or have never even been worn. So I spent an hour or so the other morning and went through my closet and pulled 10 pairs of shoes, almost 50 shirts, a dozen or so pants and jeans, shorts, jackets, sweatshirts, bathingsuits etc… and piled them up. I called a couple friends, Cutter MacLeod, Leo Harrington and Nick Katz and got them in on the donation and headed down to the local post office in Malibu with the trunk full of clothes.

I wouldn’t normally post something like this and I don’t want people to think I am trying to pat my own back, however I wouldn’t have known about it without a friend letting me know, so I am trying to use this forum as a way to let more people aware and hopefully donate.

Photo by Cutter MacLeod.