Today’s post was supposed to be about “healthy you”, winter skin, hair, type thing. However, I am pulling that off of the table.
Today, I am asking you to help.
Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that Haiti was hit with an earthquake of immense magnitude. Thousands have died. Even more are homeless.
This is not just affecting the citizens of Haiti. There are more than 46,000 Americans in Haiti, many working as missionaries. The U.N. has 100 staff members unaccounted for.
Donate if you can. Give blood. Pray. The first 48 hours after a natural disaster such as this is focused on search and rescue. It is critical so that rescue efforts don’t turn into recovery efforts.
Here are ways you can help:
Go to Amazon.com and donate to Mercy Corps. Their greatest priority is providing food, shelter and water to the survivors of the devastating natural disaster.
Oxfam’s Latin American emergency response team is based in Haiti. They have had people on the ground from the start.
“The Red Cross is also receiving money through a third party mobile fundraising effort sponsored by Mobile Accord. Mobile donors can text “Haiti” to 90999 to send a ten dollar donation to the Red Cross. The funds will go to support the Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti.”
Avoid scams. Only donate to reputable organizations. People are going to try and take advantage of this opportunity to stand by your fellow man. Sad, but true.
One such scam is the one being reported on social media networks such asUPS. The rumor is that UPS will give free shipping up to 50lbs to Haiti. UPS has donated $1 million dollars towards the recovery effort. This includes $500 thousand of in-kind services for the shipment of needed supplies.about
Do what you can. Do it now. One day, it could be you and your family receiving aid from these organizations.