Two weeks ago, I held a book signing for my novel as a fundraiser for Haiti disaster relief. The event went extremely well, and I just donated 100% of the proceeds.
See, recently my family has been struck with disaster after disaster, and repairs are going to cost some money; in fact, some damages aren't physical and can't be easily repaired. Fortunately, we have a support system, people who help us when we're down. I can't be more grateful for my family, and yet I know some people aren't as fortunate, and that's horrible; to know that some people have no one. I can't fathom that, and wouldn't wish it upon anyone. I also know that, even if we do have support, sometimes the disaster is too great and leaves too big of a hole.
So as much as I could use the extra cash, Haiti needs it more. So do a lot of people, and I hope they find help and solace. I hope even more that people give it to them, even in times when they themselves need help. Goodwill goes a long way, and in my life, people's generosity has certainly inspired me to give more and be better for it, even as parts of my life are crumbling and need repair.