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GGI calls for volunteers, donations for Moore, OK tornado

APTOPIX Severe WeatherUpdated…

Gateway Grassroots has secured an open lot, two large trucks, and the blood, sweat, and tears of volunteers seeking to serve their brothers and sisters. GGI invites you in this initiative to gather and ship desperately needed items for the victims of Monday’s devastating EF5 tornado.

We will be staging the effort at Kirkwood Lowes, time and day TBA once structures are up in Moore to receive aid. Non-perishable items may be dropped off for donation. Non-perishables will not be accepted.

Items most requested:  Bottled water – Gatorade – Wipes – Diapers – Baby formula – Hand towels – Individually wrapped snacks – Work gloves

No clothing, please.

If you would like to make an immediate donation, per Dana Loesch:

Salvation Army: Text STORM to 80888 to donate $10 to the recovery and relief efforts

Red Cross: Text REDCROSS to 90999 for Redcross to give $10

ONLINE DONATIONS:

Mercury One is taking online donations and sending trucks

Moore Recovers

Items that you may purchase on location to donate: boxes – work gloves –  eye protection – face masks – hand trucks – hard hats – shop cloths (towels) – gift cards – bottled water – storage bins – food and water bowls for pets – shelving units – packing tape – markers for labeling

Also, if you care to join us and help collect and load items, and you happen to have a hand-truck or dolly, please bring it. It would be tremendously helpful.

Posted by Jen

Pray for the Children of Newtown Connecticut

No child should ever have this expression on their face.

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This simply should not happen I’m America. Twenty children, twenty are dead…an entire Kindergarten class, wiped out.
Twenty families will not have their babies come home. Never.
Over 600 students witnessed this terror. They will be forever scared. The will most likely suffer PTSD, they will never feel safe again…anywhere or any time.
The community is Newtown,
Connecticut will never recover from this.
This is a senseless act. This is an impossible situation.
This is the act of a sociopathic lunatic. And that is all that it is.
For all of the disgusting people who are stooping so low as to exploit the dead; exploit the surviving witnesses; exploit the traumatized parents; exploit the mommies and daddies who kissed their children as they sent them on their way to school without warning that this was the last they would ever see of their baby: There is a special place in help for you.
How dare anybody assign blame in such an emotional, horrific tragedy.
Put your fingers down and your hands together instead.
These children, these families, this community needs prayer. They need all the prayer they can get right now. They need nothing else.
Pray for them. Pray.

Pray for the Children of Newtown Connecticut

No child should ever have this expression on their face.

image

This simply should not happen I’m America. Twenty children, twenty are dead…an entire Kindergarten class, wiped out.
Twenty families will not have their babies come home. Never.
Over 600 students witnessed this terror. They will be forever scared. The will most likely suffer PTSD, they will never feel safe again…anywhere or any time.
The community is Newtown,
Connecticut will never recover from this.
This is a senseless act. This is an impossible situation.
This is the act of a sociopathic lunatic. And that is all that it is.
For all of the disgusting people who are stooping so low as to exploit the dead; exploit the surviving witnesses; exploit the traumatized parents; exploit the mommies and daddies who kissed their children as they sent them on their way to school without warning that this was the last they would ever see of their baby: There is a special place in help for you.
How dare anybody assign blame in such an emotional, horrific tragedy.
Put your fingers down and your hands together instead.
These children, these families, this community needs prayer. They need all the prayer they can get right now. They need nothing else.
Pray for them. Pray.

Akin Attacks Delegitimizes Trauma of Rape

As a woman, as a mother, as a wife, I believe my body is sacred. It is sacred to God, it is sacred as my children’s womb and it is sacred as my husband’s deepest passion.

That being said, I am sharing the story of a dear friend, and rape survivor. She refuses to be called a victim…and based upon her plight, I cannot, for the life of me, understand anyone who would. And I cannot understand men or women, regardless if their political persuasion, who are exploiting a violent sexual attack on any woman for gain.
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In case you head has been in a hole these past few days, feel free to check out the hoopla over Todd Akin…but what is more disturbing to me is the fact that both sides are exploiting this situation with zero regard for the pain their shameless digs drum up in women who have lived through it.
Here is Kirsten’s story:

As a young woman, I thought I new it all, and the world was mine to conquer. That all changed on bright, sunny afternoon when I was spending time with a friend, 3 years my senior.
Without getting into graphic detail, he raped me…as Whoopi Golderg would say, I was “rape raped”. I wasn’t beaten severely or held at knife point, but I was completely overpowered. I was also in shock, mortified, and in denial of what was happening to me.
Once the deed had been done, I didn’t know what to do. What if my parents found out? What about my peers? What if I became pregnant. The mental torture I endured from that singular event became my secret, and mine alone to bear.
Yes, I was in physical pain…excruciating, but emotionally, I was near death. What did I do to deserve this? I was a “good girl” as girls went, and had lost my virginity to a violent attack. It was stolen from me.
I could not sleep, I could not eat, I spent my days excusing myself to go to the restroom and cry for hours on end until my throat was raw.
Being young and foolish, I did not report the rape for fear of humiliation. On top of my physical and emotional pain, it would be far too bear.
I have no idea if I had gotten pregnant for sure. I do remember, being late for my period for 3 weeks, I had been struck down by a new terror. I hadn’t told anyone what happened to me, and now how was I to explain this? I was sure the man who did this to me would never tell the truth.
I was physically and emotionally at the end of my rope.
Two days later, I started bleeding heavily and that lasted nearly two weeks. I just remember being relieved that I had nothing more to explain away, if there was anything to begin with.
In hindsight, I believe I had been impregnated, and the stress on me, both physically and emotionally, was too much for my system. It was all equally traumatic as the first offense.
For many, many years, I kept this all to myself. Then the real world hit me. Every time there was a major story of a woman going through what I went through, it ripped of the scab to open the wounds anew. I am absolutely outraged that so many men and women, especially in the media, are so careless and self-centered that they neglect the emotions and mental health of rape survivors across the nation and around the globe. Do they not realize what they are doing to us? We relive that horrible, horrible moment over and over again. With every word spoken, I relive every moment, every thrust, every tear, and every fear of that rape.
Do they not realize the shame we carry, the guilt we feel, not to mention the depression? Do they not realize countless women have taken their own lives as a result of a “legitimate rape”, and each time they play such a nasty political press game, they are inching women that much closer to the brink?
I hope it’s worth it to them, to know that they are hurting so many…and for what? Where are the feminists who are supposed to be kind, tolerant, and understand me as a woman when I am hurt? I guess they just don’t get it.

Very good questions, indeed! Perhaps the “rape rape” MSM could get their heads out of their butts long enough to realize that when they exploit such situations, they are hurting thousands upon thousands. How many more women have to relive such a violation, and for how long?

…and based upon this woman’s story, I guess I can see where what Todd Akin said actually makes some sense…

“Celebrating” 9/11?

So, I just got this postcard in the mail touting “HUGE FIREWORKS DISPLAY!!” across the top in an attempt to lure people to the church’s campus to “commemorate the 10th Anniversary of 9/11”.

Now, I sound a bit overly-sensitive here, but I have always associated fireworks with celebration.

According to Wikipedia:

Nearly 3,000 victims and all the 19 hijackers died in the attacks.[4] Among the 2,753 victims who died in the World Trade Center were 343 firefighters and 60 police officers from New York City and the Port Authority, and 8 private emergency medical technicians and paramedics.[5] Another 184 people were killed in the attack on the Pentagon.[6] There were no survivors from any of the flights and the overwhelming majority of casualties were civilians, including nationals of over 70 countries.[7]

There is nothing to celebrate in this!

The invitations, sent out by a St Louis-area non-denominational Christian megachurch, went out to thousands throughout the St Louis area. . .undoubtedly to anyone who ever passed through their doors, whether is was for a service, a special event, or even provided information to them online.   It reads

“Join us for food, bounce houses for the kids, music, colorguard, a huge professional FIREWORKS display and the release of hundreds of sky lanterns to honor the heroes of 9/11”

I’m sorry, but that sounds more like a fall-fest than a “commemoration”.  Will there be beer and clowns too?  What about jugglers? (No mimes, they creep me out)

This is a church, for crying out loud!  How about a little prayer?  The victim’s families will need it…as will the first responders.   I know I sure as heck will need it that day!  September 11, 2001 was my generation’s Kennedy moment.  I can not forget one single moment of that day…right down to every little detail.  I am thankful for that, as it has molded me and my family into who we are and how we live our lives.  My children will live that morning for the first time next Sunday at 7:46am CST as they watch A&E’s 102 Minutes that Changed America with me.  I do this not because I want to scare them, but because I want them to understand the scope of it all.

We lived through sheer terror in all of that.  I personally did not sleep for 3 days, as I could not walk away from the tv.  In the end, we came out stronger on the other side.  This is why we fight.  This is why I’m raising my children to be even stronger than I am…because I am determined to make sure nothing like 9/11 never happens again.

We will pray, we will not mock the situation with balloons and bouncehouses.  If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m not going to this “commemoration”. . .I’ll be too busy asking God for the protection and restoration of America.


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