This morning Sr. Claire Marie and I hurried out the door right after our Eucharist to join two EDS students in volunteering at the city's crisis center, set up to offer practical aid and counseling to those affected by the earthquake in Haiti in some way. They were asking for those with language skills and pastoral care skills, as well as for general greeters and other helpers.
To make a long story short, many volunteers, but few takers. Very disappointing on one level; on the other hand, it was heartening to see how many people really wanted to help. And on the freeway on the way home, we noticed that the electronic billboard over the highway was giving information regarding the crisis in Haiti and how to get help - presumably contacting people, etc., though we drove by too fast for me to read much. I am glad to know Boston is trying to do its part, even if I wasn't able to do more than offer. I suppose just showing up is all one can do sometimes.