Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Because We Are All Blessed: Help Haiti.

We all experience little earthquakes in our lives. Jobs are lost. Loved ones get taken too soon. Homes demand expensive repairs. Dreams are destroyed.

But the people in Haiti? Are experiencing all these things at once. Their homes are destroyed. They no longer have any source of income. Chances are, they've lost members of their family—after all, more than 72,000 people have died—and those are just the bodies that have been recovered.

And the earthquakes keep coming.

So, no matter how bad you think you have it? There's probably not a person in Haiti that wouldn't give a million dollars to trade places with you.

Take a moment to count your blessings. Then take another to reach out and lend a hand—by opening your wallet. I did...and I'm not someone who donates very often.

I don't know. Maybe it's because I'm a mom now (it's true what they say. things do hit you harder), but the thought of all those orphaned children and shattered lives turns my stomach. If, by giving up a couple of pizzas and a few lattes, I can help make their lives even one tiny bit better...well, I couldn't live with myself if I didn't do it.

Here's a partial list of organizations involved in the relief efforts. For more, go here:

American Red Cross
Doctors Without Borders
Mercy Corp
UNICEF

5 comments:

  1. Thank you for this heartfelt post. I am in accord with the sentiments you expressed. I can barely think of anything else, and I truly believe it is our responsibility to do for others what they cannot do for themselves. It hurts so much to witness, via the news, the unnecessary deaths that some simple medical supplies like antibiotics could have avoided. Thanks, again. I hope that not only are there many more voices like yours, but that our voices are heard.

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  2. Well said Amber. We need to remember to count our blessings every day - and give something to those people - not just today, but as they rebuild their lives. It's a long road to lift those affected back up.
    Kiran

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  3. I agree. I can go without a jar of peanut butter if it means someone else gets needed aid. ((Hugs))) to you for posting such a great one!

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  4. Very true. There are SO many sad things going on in our world.

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  5. It's sad that it takes a tragedy like this for me to realize how blessed I am. They are going to need help and prayers for a long time.

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