There have been a few earthquakes in my nook of California, but none have been as devastating as the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti today. The damage is heightened by the fact that the earthquake happened in a country where the average family makes $400 a year. Hospitals have collapsed, shanty houses are destroyed, and according to the news anchor, "People are singing their prayers."
Well, the first thing that crossed my mind when I heard this news was, "I have shoes that cost more than $400." The gross reality hit me like a wet slap across the cheek, and I tried to brush it away.
Yet... It got me thinking. One pair of Dolce & Gabbana wedges can feed two families in Haiti for a year. One Moschino scarf is enough to double the income of a family in Haiti. One Halston dress is enough to build a house in Haiti.
I don't know about you, but I don't even have a closet the size of Jane Aldridge's and I still don't wear all of my shoes.
If we all donated one pair of shoes or one fur coat -- how many lives can we change for the better? How many children can we send to school? How many babies can we vaccinate?
The question boggles me. I wonder why we don't have a worldwide fashionista charitable fund yet, like a consignment store owned by that sweet hippie lady who wears harem pants, but much more global.
Goal for 2010: Miss Couturable's out to find her soul and do something with it.