Monday, January 18, 2010

Haiti On My Heart

Last night I had a hard time falling asleep in my nice warm bed complete with down feather pillow and comforter.

I couldn't stop thinking of the devastation. The orphans.The disease. The hungry. The injured. The missing. The dead. The mourning families. The looters. The dying.

It seems wrong all of a sudden to enjoy all the modern conveniences that I do regularly without having Haiti on my heart.

What can we do?
Pray. Pray. Pray.
Give money of course. That is the best thing at this point. But I want to do more.
So I went searching for other ways to make an impact.

I came across other opportunities to help be apart of the Haiti relief effort.

This is an organization that helps get shoes to those in need. They have committed to one million pairs of shoes to Haiti. You can enter your zip in their donation site finder to find a location nearest to you.

and others like them adopting children from Haiti and having trouble bringing them home now that the earthquake has struck.

They need everyone's help to influence government to grant Humanitarian Parole for Adoptive Children.

Anyone & everyone can help influence this by simply emailing, tweeting, facebooking, calling and writing letters from the comfort of your home or office.

I can't imagine having to leave my son in Haiti RIGHT NOW!

You can get all the info you need to help plus sample letters on their blog.

Copy & Paste. That simple.
Another great organization that has a ship almost packed and ready to set sail to Port Au Prince to provide aide. They have a list of non-perishable items they need on the site. Also, there is a disaster response application if you are interested in volunteering your time.
This organization has been collecting new dolls/trucks for the children of Haiti and other nations for years. Dolls/trucks may seem trivial admist the other needs, but so many children have been displaced and traumatized that this could provide a small comfort.

Always money is a great idea and can make a HUGE difference.

text Haiti to 90999 and $10 will be added to your phonebill for Haiti relief.
text Yele to 501501 to donate $5 to the Yele Haiti relief

A facebook friend recently posted this: Isn't helping others in times like these the basic responsibility of every human being?

Absolutely. I truly believe so.