Everyone has the ability to help Haiti. Haiti is a country in crisis normally. Add an earthquake to the situation and the people there are in extreme peril.
I have taught in urban high schools with many students from Haiti. I would hear them talk about the struggles their families had in Haiti and the extreme poverty there. I would hear them reminisce about certain foods they missed. And in the winter they missed the warmth of Haiti.
Thus when news of the earthquake broke I thought of how so many of my old students and staff members had family back in Haiti. As the news reports became more grim I knew that so many students and staff from Haiti had probably lost relatives or were enduring the agony of not yet knowing what had happened to family in Haiti.
The morning after the earthquake I looked at the website for the local paper and found a school holding a clothing drive for Haiti. I went through my closet and donated everything I haven’t worn in a while and some stuff I liked too. I gave until it hurt because I know that some people in Haiti lost everything.
A friend and I dropped big bags of clothing off at the school. It was nice to see so many cars pulling up and dropping off donations. Americans are generous; we help out when we can.
Tomorrow I am going to go through the pantry and donate some food. It has been horrific these past few days thinking about how the people in Haiti have been without food for so long.
No matter what one’s age or income it is possible to make efforts, large or small, to help the people of Haiti. Right now the residents of Port-au-Prince, Haiti are in extreme crisis due to the earthquake of January 12, 2010.
Many residents of Port-au-Prince have not had food or water since the earthquake. They are wandering the streets and no longer have a home to go back to. Also, urgent medical care is lacking in Port-au-Prince. Many hospitals have been destroyed and medical supplies are lacking.
The situation is grim in Port-au-Prince. So it is crucial that everyone take some time to find a way to help Haiti. There are so many simple ways to help.
Donate to Red Cross via Coin Star
Empty the piggy bank and the penny jar and donate the money to the Red Cross. Many supermarkets have Coin Star machines that will help you deposit your money and donate it to the Red Cross.
Donate to Red Cross via Text
Text “Haiti” 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross. For more information about donating to the Red Cross go to http://www.redcross.org.
The Red Cross also has training programs for volunteers to learn how to participate with Red Cross efforts during times of crisis in America and in other countries. I have done training and worked as a volunteer presenter for the Red Cross on health issues. I hope someday to train to do disaster volunteer work too.
Donate to Yele
The singer Wyclef Jean, whose homeland is Haiti, has a foundation called Yele to help the people of Haiti. You may donate $5 to Yele by sending a text to “Yele” 501501.
Donate to Doctors Without Borders
The organization Doctors Without Borders is working around the clock in Haiti to try to bring medical care to the people. They are in crisis without supplies and with hospitals that were demolished in the earthquake. Donate to this organization to help them get their hospitals going again so they can save lives in Haiti. For more information go to www.doctorswithoutborders.org.
Donate Via PayPal
You may donate to www.savethechildren.org and www.mercycorps.org via PayPal.
Hold Some Fundraisers
Now is the time to put your skills to use to help the people of Haiti. Some ideas include selling crafts at a craft fair or flea market, having a bake sale, doing some lawn work to earn money, hold a raffle, sell some items at a pawn shop, or do other fund raising ideas. Be creative, there are many ways to quickly raise some money to donate to Haiti.
Make calls to friends, relatives, and neighbors to collect clothing. Everyone has a few items they are bored with and never wear. Go around and pick up the clothing and then drop off the items at a church or school that is having a clothing drive for Haiti. Check the local newspaper to find places that are involved in helping Haiti for other ideas too.
Sponsor a Child
Sponsor a child in Haiti. Many children in Haiti have become orphans due to the earthquake. Thus if you are interested in adoption or sponsoring a child this may be the time to start that process. The organization World Vision has child sponsorship programs where monthly donations will help a child get an education and medical care. For more information go to: www.worldvision.org.
Donate to Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps is a well respected organization that provides charity help in America and other countries like Haiti too. Donate to Mercy Corps to help out with the crisis in Haiti. The work of Mercy Corps helps to save lives. To donate go to www.mercycorps.org.
I hope everyone will find some time to figure out how to donate to help Haiti. So many lives there are in peril. It is a time to think of others and find a way to contribute to help the people of Haiti survive.