I'm sure by now, you have all heard about the disastrous earthquake in Haiti on January 12. Watching the news and seeing the devastation has been absolutely heartbreaking. The latest reports have the estimated death toll at around 50,000. I cannot even begin to fathom what the survivors are going through. We are so very blessed. My very biggest worries and concerns pale in comparison to what these people are facing right now. While I sit comfortably wrapped in a blanket on the sofa, warm and cozy with a refrigerator (and pantry!) full of food and my baby asleep in the next room, they are sleeping outside on the ground, wondering where their next meal will come from, wondering if their mothers/fathers/husbands/wives/sons/daughters are alive, wondering if their wounds will cause an infection to spread through their body before they can get medical care. This is serious stuff.
In an effort to help, I am joining the blogging community in a "Help for Haiti" drive, headed up by Crystal at Money Saving Mom. I want to encourage my readers to do something to help these people who are suffering so much right now. If you want to help, do something, post about it, and come back here and link up. Many other bloggers are doing something similar, so be sure to check out Money Saving Mom's list of those participating so you can link up a their sites, too! For each of you who participates between now and January 21, 2010, up to 120 people, my husband and I will be donating $0.25 to Compassion International's Haiti Earthquake Disaster Relief. Compassion is a trustworthy, Christian organization. They will be meeting the Haitian people's physical needs as well as bringing them the hope of the glorious gospel of Christ. If you are interested in making a monetary contribution to help the people in Haiti, I would highly encourage you to consider going through them.
Perhaps you aren't in a position to give money, but you still want to help. Here are some ideas:
- Pray. The Haitian people need to be lifted up in prayer. Pray for comfort, for provision, and for God to be glorified.
- Jessica at Reflections of a Princess shares how you can help Haitian orphans get home to their American adoptive parents quicker here.
- If you are in KS, Numana is looking for volunteers to package food today and tomorrow to be sent to Haiti. All you have to do is show up. You don't need to call ahead. For more information, go to their website.
- Contact your local Red Cross to find out about donating goods or time.
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