Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I Feel So Helpless

The recorded population of my hometown in 2008 was 171,922.  The current death toll in Haiti is estimated by PAHO at 200,000.  I am not a stupid girl, but quite honestly I just don't know how to process that.  Somehow widespread panic and overwhelming despair always leaves me paralyzed.  I have an apprehension to send money to unknown organizations without really knowing what the money is going to.  I am not proud of that, but it's true.

I am intentionally not allowing myself to troll for news because I don't want to know.  I don't want to know because I feel helpless.  My soft, simple heart can't stand to lie in bed at night and cry over a child I cannot help.  Please don't judge me for being honest.  I admire you if you're stronger than me and can watch hours of coverage and not feel like you need to charter the next plane and fly to the Caribbean.  I am not that strong, but I know that I need to do something.  Anything.  Here is what I've been able to confirm.

Donate $10 to American Red Cross by texting the word 'Haiti' to 90999.

Southern California Sports Chalet locations are partnering with Soles4Souls and collecting gently worn shoes through January 31 for distribution in Haiti.

The US Relief Fund is offsetting administrative costs and 100% of every donation to Unicef  will support UNICEF's relief efforts for children in Haiti. 

Local Aeropostale stores are collecting gently worn jeans and will match the first 100,000 pairs received.

My company will match any cash donation I make up to an amount beyond my means.  I encourage you to do your own research to seek other corporate opportunities for matching.

Nothing we do will ever be enough, but something is certainly better than nothing.  If you can't donate, please pray.  And kiss your family.  If you're safe and warm tonight and no one in your home is suffering you are far luckier than 200,000 people in Haiti.

God Bless


Sara E said...

yep, I agree. it's just crazy how large this devastation is

I knew of the first few donations you mentioned, but I had no clue about Aeropastle..very cool about the jeans

Té la mà Maria - Reus said...

very good blog, congratulations
regard from Reus Catalonia
thank you

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Thanks for posting about this. The jeans and shoes ideas are great. I can't imagine how these people will ever recover. I guess every little thing we can do to help will make a difference.


Tara said...

I can't sit and watch it a lot either though I have watched some. It just breaks my heart to see and hear. I've got to make our donation today! I keep planning to do it and then get busy but they need it more than we do.

He & Me + 3 said...

I think we all feel that way. You hit the nail on the head. Great post...thanks for all the ideas to help out too.

Jules said...

You are not alone in the way you are feeling about this situation. Thanks for the ideas on how to help!

Did you get your package yet?

Masala Chica said...

Thanks for the jeans tip. I am all over it and will let my friends know too.

Emmy said...

Don't feel bad.. it is so hard to see and hear about. But if you are doing things to help, even if you don't hear the latest updates then that is amazing and wonderful.

MiMi said...

I know, it's hard to wrap your brain around.

Kathleen said...

Great blog. The devastation is unreal!

Debbie said...

It is overwhelming, isn't it? I can't watch too much of it or I feel so helpless as well.
Came over from SITS.

shortmama said...

So hard to fathom that number...devestating

Desert Rose said...

I'm right there with you..I can't sit there and pour over the devastation over and over again. I get it already, and I can't be there to help. Thanks for the info on Aeropostale..I've currently got quite a few that could go there.

minor catastrophes said...

Good for you for posting about this. It's just so big and I feel so helpless that it's left me stunned, without words (unusual for a big mouth like me).

I'm with you on being leery of sending financial help to unknown organizations, so I'm just going with the Red Cross, as they are a known entity.


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