My heart truly goes out to those affected by the earthquake in Haiti. These tragedies are so difficult to imagine in and of themselves, but when they happen in countries that are already in such a state of poverty and hunger, the result is so much more catastrophic. So far, world organizations have raised millions of dollars, but to fight chronic malnutrition and famine-like conditions while the towns are in their current state, they are going to NEED A LOT MORE MONEY!
It is amazing how much of a difference that our individual small donations can make when we add them up. I encourage everyone to take a few minutes and make a contribution to any charity that is providing aid in Haiti right now. Even in our own tough economic times, every little bit that we can spare could make a big difference in someone’s life.
How can you help?
If you don’t know where to go to help out, here are a few places to get you started:
The American Red Cross – www.redcross.org
CARE – www.care.org
UNICEF – www.unicef.org
Doctors Without Borders – www.doctorswithoutborders.org
You can also make donations via text:
Text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10 (charged to cell phone bill) – via The American Red Cross – www.redcross.org
Text Yele to 501501 to donate $5 (charged to cell phone bill) – via Wyclef Jean’s foundation, Yele Haiti
Text HAITI to 52000 to donate $10 (charged to cell phone bill) – via The Salvation Army – www.salvationarmyusa.org
Now, I want to know the ways that everyone is chipping in to help. As an incentive:
I pledge to donate $2 for every comment left on this post (up to $200), in which you tell me what you did to help those needy people in Haiti.
That’s it. All you have to do is leave one comment telling me what you did to help the relief efforts in Haiti, and you will indirectly be making an additional $2 contribution.
Note: photo by (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)