Before anything else, here's the link to donate to the Italian Red Cross: http://www.cri.it/donazioni/index.php?mode=form
I've done a lot of bike touring in Italy, and I woke up this morning to the news that a lot of Italy is now collapsing. Abruzzo got hit hard around 3:00 a.m. by an earthquake that measured either 5.8 or 6.3 on the richter scale, depending on different sources. People were crushed and buried in their beds.
Imagine you're huddled in blankets or dusty clothes, gazing at the ruins of your house. Or maybe you're dragging boulders away, trying to dig out your friends and family who are still buried underneath the rubble.
The gorgeous cathedral that has been around since before your grandparents' great grandparents were born is crushed. And so is everything you knew. The very ground beneath your feet is no longer solid. It's unreal.
But people pull together in times of crisis. Your neighbors are out there with you, sharing their food, their clothes, their muscle to help rescue those who are still trapped.
For me, this is personal. I had roommates from Abruzzo, where the earthquake hit. My old colleague from Rome hasn't heard from his family in Casano, and he doesn't know if they're okay.
If I could do it, I would go there myself and help with the rescue, give first aid, cook food or clean toilets--whatever was needed. But since I can't, I plan to help those who can. If you'd like to help too, here's the link to the Italian Red Cross: http://www.cri.it/donazioni/index.php?mode=form
And the American Red Cross: http://american.redcross.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ntld_main&s_subsrc=RCO_RedTab&s_src=DRF