I don't know how many of you have heard about this, but yesterday Christchurch - the city in New Zealand where Anne lives - was hit with an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter Scale. She's okay, but there are many people in the city and country at large who have been severely affected by this disaster. The official death toll currently stands at 75 and is expected to rise, with literally hundreds of people still missing and trapped. The city centre has been totally flattened and is going to have to be entirely rebuilt. More information can be found here and in other articles on that site.
So, the purpose of this post is threefold!
First off, there is a comment over here on the latest news here where a whole bunch of people are commenting to ask LJ if they can set up a Vgift donation scheme like they have in the past in similar situation. Please comment, and spread the word!
Secondly, if you would like to donate something directly, the New Zealand Red Cross has set up a donation form where you can give anything from $5 NZD (about $3.50 USD) up. Every little bit helps!
Thirdly, please spread the word about what has happened, and how people can help. Plurk, Facebook, Livejournal, The Internet In General and talking to friends and family are all possible avenues that you can take, and the more people who know about it, the more people can help out. At the moment, we really want to get LJ in on this, so if you could promote the comment on the news post in particular, that would be great. That comment also has links to articles about the disaster and to the Red Cross, so all the information is in one place.
Please don't feel obligated to donate or anything like that! I just want to get the word out to as many as people as possible.
I love you all, and now return you to your regularly scheduled RP-ing ♥