When the Las Vegas Massacre occurred a week ago today, I was really struggling to function. Unless you deal with anxiety and depression, it’s hard to explain how the current administration and world events kind of jerk the rug out from under you. I already have local very basic issues freaking me out that most people don’t have to deal with. But if you are a female trying to make it through all of this without a great group of supportive people, it’s very difficult. Don’t get me wrong, people try to support me here and there, but I generally just push them away because I see no route to them being helpful. I learned at a very early age that family was not necessarily a safe place. And later that friends and lovers were not particularly safe places to fall either. So I push people away, especially those who try too hard and too quickly to throw me a life raft. I question the motivation of everyone.
So what got me through a very difficult week was Bethenny Frankel. I’ve felt all kinds of ways about Bethenny over the years. She seems a lot like me when it comes to building decent relationships. And also a lot like me when it comes to helping others, as long as I don’t have to… you know… bond with them for long, or at least up close and personal.
I’ve been amazed by her contributions to Puerto Rico. Bethenny is rich. Like really rich. She could have just written a check for a million dollars like Jennifer Lopez and called it a day. But she didn’t. She is in Miami and making numerous trips to Puerto Rico to get the aid to the people in the places that are not getting it. She’s hugging people and slipping them cash for today and gift cards for tomorrow. She’s simply amazing.
Today someone emailed to say she was on MSNBC. Ya know why? It was not to call attention to herself, but to let us know there are many, many, more deaths there than were announce during Trump’s “Thank God This Is Not A Real Catastrophe Like Katrina” tour. Bethenny has gone to the remote areas where things are dire.
Here is Barbara R’s brief recap of what she said:
She spoke about her recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. So far she has arranged for 30 planes of supplies to fly down there. She goes out with the trucks to distribute the food and checks that the mayors are making sure that the supplies are going where they’re needed. The latest is that she’s working with Carnival Cruises to send a ship. Not sure if they’re going to take people out. She likened the country to ‘Slumdog Millionaire ‘ because it is in such bad shape. She also said that there are hundreds dead not just a few. They haven’t been included in the publicized accounts because they haven’t been verified yet. She sounds organized and driven to get help.
Check out Bethenny’s Instagram, “This is where your #100percent of your donation are going.
3 y/o Kemul was rescued Monday by #BStrong @globalempowermentmission when his mother ran out of fuel for the generator keeping his ventilator running and Kemul breathing. He was helicoptered from his desolate home to Miami where he received the medical attention to save his life. www.bstrongdeliveringgood.org/bstrong #wedobetter #operationPR911”
I’ve spent the last week going to Bethenny Frankel’s Instagram to remind myself that she is doing this herself. She is making a difference. And we are all going to get through this. And maybe, just maybe, we should get off our fat asses and help. Or at least send a few dollars if we have them to send.
Here is the link to the charity that Bethenny has teamed up with for her Puerto Rican efforts. If you feel so moved, please give what you can.