A Red Cross worker who had been responding to natural disasters and emergency situations for over 20 years once gave the following plan of action for when landing on the ground:

Step 1: Dig a hole.

Step 2: Throw all the crap that people send you into that hole.

She once received a box of size 10 high heel shoes for an emergency response in Peru. Thank you for your help. Clunk. Into the hole.

In the age of Facebook and Twitter, the spread of information is even faster. The number of people who are aware and able to help when disaster strikes has increased. But of all the ways to respond to a situation, please don’t send your high heels.

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