Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Extend a Helping Hand

Howdy Folks,

It's days like today that make you grateful for what you have. Though you think you may be having a tough day at work, it's definitely worse in other parts of the world today. As many of you know already, a massive earthquake struck Haiti last night around 5:00 pm. The earthquake measured 7.0 and has thoroughly devastated the Western Hemisphere's most impoverished nation. Thousands have already lost their lives, and they are predicting that there could possibly be a total into the hundreds of thousands. This country hasn't even recovered from the massive floods that took 800 lives this summer, and now this. The capital city of Port-au-Prince is 3/4 destroyed and the people literally have nothing to go to. The hospitals are inoperable, the main penitentiary was leveled and all the inmates have escaped, even their Presidential Palace has caved in. This truly is a disaster to rival all disasters. Because of the deplorable economic conditions, the only chance this entire nation has of surviving is receiving aid from other nations. Many charities have geared up already, and have mobilized their relief teams. We need to look at ourselves and see if there is anything we can do. Even if we don't have the financial means to donate, we can at least lend our prayers over to these people. For those of you however, who do want to contribute something, be sure to use only trusted and credible charities. During times like this, enterprising criminals will try to set up fraudulent accounts to collect money. Some of the organizations I would recommend are:

These are all reputable charities that will get the aid to where it is needed most. It's times like these, where those of us who have been given a lot, need to help those not as fortunate. Remember, every little bit counts. No donation at this point is insignificant. Right now the releif organizations are aasking for monetary donations only. I'm sure in the coming weeks, there will be other opportunities to help in other ways. It's times like these where we as a global community can pull together, let's make it happen.