Sunday, January 17, 2010

Help. Haiti. Hope.

It's hard for many of us to imagine our world being completely shaken upside down. In just the blink of an eye, with no one to blame that is what has happened to the people of Haiti. A country that already had very little, is now looking with uncertain eyes at what to do next. We all see the television and newspaper stories wanting to help, but most of the time we just walk away from it. Times are tough and troubled everywhere, true. However, there are plenty of ways to contribute to the mounting causes in Haiti that don't require just writing out a huge check. Here are a few ways you can give your part:

  • Donating blood can directly save multiple lives. Make an appointment with the American Red Cross today.
  • Usually our eyes become bigger than our stomachs at the grocery store. As a result, most of our pantries experience food surpluses. HudsonAlpha and Trinity United Methodist Church have launched a national food drive for non-perishable items.
  • Before you start shopping for your spring wardrobes, take a look in your closet. If you haven't worn something in over a year, or forgot you even owned an item it's probably a great thing to donate.
  • Airline Ambassadors is collecting everything from blankets to frequent flyer miles. If you're packing for an upcoming trip and come across some unneeded items, or could spare some miles on the next one you book, keep this organization in mind.
  • Haiti 911 is appreciative of donations of all kinds. Find a drop-off location in your area.
  • Of course your fiscal donations do go a long way. Yele will make sure it will have a quick and direct impact on the Haitian people and areas in dire need.
If any of you happens to see an injustice, you are no longer a spectator, you are a participant. And you have an obligation to do something. --June Callwood

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