iPhone Apps can be very handy for everyone including the Sandwich Generation. As I wrote a few weeks ago, there are apps for a wide variety of needs, including first aid and CPR instructions. Yesterday I found a terrific video from CNN that illustrates this point wonderfully. In it, you will see Dan Wooley, of Compassion International, being interviewed by CNN correspondent, Josh Levs. Mr. Wooley explains how his iPhone first aid app helped to save his life after he was trapped in a building during the Haiti earthquake.
It was a blessing to hear his story as he also shared the messages he wrote his family in case he did not make it. I especially appreciated hearing him tell about the journal he kept, “I was there for several days – I thought I might be rescued…and I thought I might not and I wanted to leave some notes to my family” and what he wrote in it, including "[God] always provides for His children even in hard times." I love those encouraging quotes! And what a wonderful legacy to leave for his children! I bet that journal will be a family heirloom for generations to come!
There are, however, so many other stories that don't have such happy endings, including the fact that Mr Wooley's photographer, David Hames, is still missing. Updates on his status and the situation in Haiti can be found at the Compassion blog and the Loop Blog. Please keep him and his family in your prayers, along with all those who have been touched by this disaster. (2/28/10 UPDATE – on David Hames. He is now safe in heaven. As I read this article I was touched by the awesome testimony he leaves behind. My prayers continue to be with his family and friends, along with the peoples of Haiti and now the peoples of Chile!) And if you have been looking for a way to help with the rescue work in Haiti, Compassion International is a wonderful organization. They stay busy year-round, helping little ones, many of whom are now orphans due to the earthquake. Can you imagine if that was our grandchildren in the midst of all that turmoil!
Whatever charitable organization you may send help to, be sure to add your receipts to your 2009 tax files. As Compassion, International explained on their website, "Charitable contributions made before Mar. 1, 2010 in response to the Haiti earthquake can be claimed as itemized charitable deductions on your 2009 tax return instead of waiting to claim these on your 2010 tax return (see The House of Representatives bill H.R. 4462 passed 1/20/10)." Major kudos to our Representatives for that!
We may never have to deal with something this catastrophic. But even for "smaller" events like an elderly parent's broken ankle due to a fall while walking or a grandchild's injury due to tumbling off their bike, having first aid information handy can be very practical. If you have a cell phone, I would definitely encourage you to add a first aid app to it. And it might be a good idea to look through it now, when there is no problem. Then, if a time comes up that you need the info, you'll be better prepared to use it.
Being prepared can be a blessing for all our family – something we in the Sandwich Generation really appreciate! I bet Mr. Wooley's family, including his parents, are very glad he was so well prepared! 🙂