Friday, January 15, 2010

Help for Haiti

With the horrible tragedy in Haiti this week, it seems like everyone is looking to help the victims and their families.  Many of us are looking to give money, but with so many charities collecting, it may be difficult to decide which to give to.

This article in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel gives some good tips on what to look for when giving money to a charity.  Some of their suggestions include:
  • Do not respond to unsolicited e-mails.
  • Give to charities that have an established presence in Haiti.
  • Before sending a text message for a charity, make sure you have the correct number and that it is a reputable group.  Two groups that are reputable are the American Red Cross ($10, text "HAITI" to 90999) and musician Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti charity ($5, text "YELE" to 501501).
  • If you wish to give something other than money, like clothes or food, make sure that the charity collecting the items is able to transport them to Haiti.  However, giving money is the quickest means of help for the victims.
  • Do not give cash.
I am planning to send a donation to the JDC, the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. They are collecting funds to aid relief efforts for the victims of the earthquake on a non-sectarian basis. Donations are being accepted at this website: Another excellent charity to support is the Red Cross.

I encourage all of you who have blogs to write an entry today about how your readers can help the earthquake victims and inspire them to encourage others to help as well.

Besides my planned contribution of $18 (a number symbolizing "life" in Judaism), I will donate an extra $.25 for each person who leaves a link today (1/15/10) to their Help for Haiti blog entry, or $.05 for each person who leaves a comment to this post today (1/15/10).  Thank you for helping increase my donation!

***UPDATE*** I have decided to continue Help for Haiti until 1/17/10.  Please continue to leave your links and comments!

Thanks to Crystal at Money Saving Mom for her leadership in the Help for Haiti drive.  Check out her website to find more bloggers participating today!

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Jenn @ Beautiful Calling January 15, 2010 at 3:47 PM  

Our family is sending up prayers to the One who can do the most!!
Our church also took and sent contributions in and we bough tickets on Hope for Haiti.
My heart breaks especially for the little ones affected. We truly are blessed and I am thankful that we are able to bless others in return!

Tiffany January 15, 2010 at 7:26 PM  

Due to our financial situation, I am commenting on as many sites as possible to raise donations for the relief effort. Bless you for not only helping but providing a way for everyone to help too!

WhyMeCeliac January 15, 2010 at 10:03 PM  

I donated through text message to Red Cross and am leaving comments on every blog offering money! Keep up the good work and Thank You for doing this!!

Star Seeker January 16, 2010 at 1:04 AM Donated to ADRA

Unknown January 16, 2010 at 1:29 AM  

My husband is a Haitian American, and we are devastated by this disaster.
I appreicate all you do and keeping people in Haiti in your prayers. We donated to Red Cross and Direct Relief International. We are also planning on donating to other organizations as well. Again, thank you for your help.

Kody and Katie January 16, 2010 at 11:49 AM  

My husband and I are donating to Compassion International. Thank you for doing this!

Summer January 16, 2010 at 3:07 PM  

I'm giving to the Red Cross and the LDS Church. Thanks for doing this!

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