Random Act of Kindness ~ 1,000 Loaves Of Bread

16 Feb

As always I begin by thanking Kathy @ I’m A Reader Not A Writer for organizing fabulous giveaway hops among the readers’ community. The Random Act Of Kindness Giveaway Hop is co-hosted with Lora at Read for Your Future. Thank you, Lora!

For my Random Act Of Kindness I decided to bring awareness to the devastating weather hitting Europe, and most important to me–Romania, my native country. I’m also giving away one e-copy of my debut novel Hidden Heart and one e-copy of my second novel A World Apart. Please fill out the form at the end of this post.

Although it’s been more than 8 years since I moved to the U.S. there will always be an invisible cord pulling me to my roots, to my people. And right now my people suffer, buried under meters of snow, their homes, their farms, their animals. EVERYTHING is under snow.

I feel helpless wanting to help EVERYONE. I’m in constant contact with my parents who luckily live in Bucharest which (although it had been hit by snow) is doing better than the rest of the country (I guess it pays off to live in the same city as the president and government…). Bucharest has electricity, somewhat snow-free streets, running water and food supplies. The rest of the country doesn’t.

Since I can’t help everyone, no matter how much I wish I could, I decided to help this little village called Rasvani. It’s a village located about 70km East of Bucharest where, as a kid, I spent many, many hot summers with Mama’s relatives. Lots of dear memories come to mind: Mama’s aunt Floarea (in English meaning Flower) milking the cow while the 6 of us (my sisters and I and her 3 children) waited in line for a mug of steamy milk. A piece of homemade bread (or polenta bread if flour was sparse) in the other hand, crouching on the thick grass made for a good dinner. Or holding our breath while she finished another dress or skirt for someone in the village. One of us was lucky enough to get the leftover fabric which we then turned into dresses for our dolls. Oh yeah, dolls made out of corn husk–the most beautiful dolls we could possibly create.

I just can’t stand by seeing people’s lives being completely destroyed by a capricious weather. My shout for help didn’t remain unanswered. My dear friend (and incredible author) Jeffery Moore decided to contribute to the cause. I sent Mama $210. She can buy close to 1000 loaves of bread and send them to the village. My cousin will deliver the bread by truck. I just pray he doesn’t get stuck in the snow… I wish I could do more, but that’s about all I can spare.

What is your Random Act of Kindness?

6 Responses to “Random Act of Kindness ~ 1,000 Loaves Of Bread”

  1. Cindy C Bennett February 16, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    Amazing. Those poor people. What a great thing you’re doing. Really makes one sit up and take notice when we think about the fact that they will be grateful for something as simple as a loaf of bread. Great post, Cami. I love it when you give us snatches of your childhood memories.

    • CameliaMironSkiba February 17, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

      Thanks, Cindy. Talked with mom today and said the roads are all closed. The army is trying to clean them, but the snow keeps coming and so their efforts seem in vain.
      I’m baking in the Arizonan sun while those people can’t even warm up their homes… So much grief, so much sadness…

  2. incaunipocrit February 20, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    Reblogged this on ATA MOTEK.

  3. CameliaMironSkiba February 21, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    Reblogged this on LOVE. WITHOUT YOU. and commented:

    LAST DAY OF THE GIVEAWAY. DON’T MISS OUT ON THE GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO WIN BOOKS!

  4. IdentitySeeker (Sarah Bibi Setar) February 21, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

    Thank you:)

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