As we all know by now, yesterday the earth groaned and a small impoverished nation came undone.
In the past 24 hours I've spent time on Twitter, clicking links, reading tweets, retweeting, and following news organizations (like @nprnews and @MSF_USA). Occasionally I'll pop over to Facebook, but other than a few links, it's pretty quiet over there. I haven't watched much on TV because I don't want the girls to see any of the coverage, but perhaps tonight.
Though I'm sure many of you have favorite charitable organizations, here are some resources that have come across my path in the past few hours.
- If you're giving to a charity organization, it's always a good idea to check out their rating on Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator gives excellent information on which not-for-profits are using their money wisely, and cautions everyone against giving to unknown charities. Don't get scammed.
- Although the Red Cross is not one of my favorite organizations (I'm hopeful they're learning from their mistakes and improving), they have an easy fundraiser to participate in. Text "Haiti" to the number 90999 and a $10 donation will go to the Red Cross (charged to your cellphone bill). [Source]
- Famous Haitian musician Wyclef Jean also has a text-fundraiser through his charity Yele. Text "Yele" to 501501 and $5 donation will go to Yele and their work in Haiti. [Source & Source]
- A few other trustworthy organizations that can use your donations: World Vision, Doctors Without Borders, and Partners in Health.
- If you act QUICKLY! The Pioneer Woman is giving away a mixer and will donate 10 cents for each entry. Contest ends sometime on Thursday, I think.
- 1/14 UDPATE: Ree is giving away $500 donation cards as well as donating 10 cents for each entry received. Contest ends Friday at noon.
- A text-to-donate campaign for Canadians: The Salvation Army will donate $5 if you text "Haiti" to 45678. [Source]
My heart is so heavy for the huge loss of life Haiti has suffered. I just can't imagine it.
(I also can't imagine why a prominent televangelist would say such devastation is a result of Haiti's deal with the devil, but I know he neither speaks for me or my faith. That is a discussion I'll leave for another day.)
If you know of any other charitable organizations/fundraisers that are focusing their efforts on Haiti right now, please leave info in the comments. The more aware we can be of what we can do, the better we can all serve the people of Haiti. ♥