I’ve spent the last few days immersed in coverage about the devastation in Haiti. Like the rest of the world, I am heartbroken by what’s happening there, and feeling helpless. Sending money is all that we can do, but I wish I could do more.
Suddenly everything that worried me so much has vanished. None of it matters in the least as I watch people scramble through the rubble that was once their city, hurt and scared and desperately searching for family. I hate that it takes a disaster of such proportions to remind me just how insignificant my worries are. After all, my family is safe and warm with a roof over their heads and food on the table. They’re healthy and happy and safe, and isn’t that all that really matters?
I do hope you’re able to free some money in your budget to help the people of Haiti, even if it’s only $5 or $10. If you would like to donate clothing, food, or blankets, you can check with churches with missions in Haiti and donate to them.
At the very least, keep all of the people of Haiti in your thoughts and prayers and hug your family a little closer tonight.
Update: The Red Cross has now pledged $10 million in aid, and the “Text Haiti to 90999” campaign has raised over $2 million for the Red Cross in 24 hours.
Today I urge you to donate to Doctors without Borders, a nonprofit organization that sends medical professionals and equipment to provide care in areas that need it most. The Red Cross is now estimating the death toll may be 45,000-50,000. Many of Haiti’s hospitals were destroyed or severely damaged in the earthquakes, and the ones that are still operational are overloaded. Doctors without Borders is in Haiti providing medical care, but they need funding to offer the best possible care. Please send whatever you can afford to give.
According to the American Red Cross, more than 3 million people in the country are affected by Tuesday’s 7.0 earthquake. The photos of the rubble show the capital city in absolute ruins, including this shocking image of the country’s Presidential Palace. There is no telling what the final death toll will be, but thousands of people are missing or dead. My heart breaks to see the devastation in this already impoverish country.
Please consider giving whatever you can today. I chose to give to the American Red Cross, which has already released $200,000 in disaster relief funding. Here is a list of organizations offering disaster relief in Haiti. No amount is too great or too small.