The concern and compassion I am reading about is so amazing!!! More than half the blogs I subscribe to through google reader have posted a blog over the last couple of days with the news about Haiti and ways to contribute. Talk about spurring one another on!!! The latest one I just read came from MoneySavingMom with her post here. She called all her readers to several different ways to take action, I have included words from her blog below in red.
So, today, I’m calling you to action. And here’s what I’m asking you to do:
1) Pray–Pray for these destitute people to have the provision they need. Pray for the mothers and fathers who are left childless. Pray for the children who are left motherless and fatherless. The heartache and suffering they are experiencing is unimaginable to us.They need miracles; they need hope; they need our prayers.
2) Give–There are so many different ways you can give and no matter your financial situation, there is something you do. Even if it seems like it’s a drop in the bucket, remember that a bucket of water is made up of that–drops!
Here are three ways I would encourage you to give:
::Give to Compassion International, an organization dedicated to help children who are living in poverty. Our family has supported Compassion for quite some time and we feel they are truly wisely stewarding their resources to the best of their abilities.
All funds raised in response to the Haiti earthquake will be used immediately to provide for Compassion-assisted children and families affected by this crisis. Any funds raised in excess will be stewarded by Compassion for additional and future disaster relief efforts.
::Give to Numana, Inc., an organization dedicated to giving food to the starving. One of my friends works closely with Numana and I also believe this to be an organization worthy of your donations. They are currently providing thousands of meals to the people of Haiti. For only $0.30, you can donate one meal to a starving person in Haiti.
::Give to the Red Cross. You can donate online here or you can text “Haiti” to 90999 to send a $10 donation to the Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti.
Some of my readers have told me they are eating from the pantry this month and donating the extra to Haiti. One of my readers, who is on a very limited budget, told me they donated their small amount of “fun money” to help those in Haiti.
No matter the size of your budget, you can likely spare $1 or $2–which can go quite far in Haiti! Even if you can’t afford to give money, you can likely come up with something you can do. Which is where point number 3 comes in…
3) Blog–Today I want to encourage you to blog about what you’ve done to help those in Haiti. I want to hear your stories of how you are helping–even on a small budget. Get creative, think outside the box, there’s something everyone can do. And every little bit helps!
Plus, for every person who blogs about what you specifically did to help those in Haiti and leaves your link below by January 21, 2010, my husband and I will personally donate $10 to Compassion’s outreach in Haiti.
I am guessing that if you are reading this, you are most likely a friend from Austin, and therefore you know about the Ivey Family and the story with their adopted son that is over there now (you can read about it here.) And you have probably been reading daily about the many ways one can get involved with helping. But, if you are someone that hasn’t already read lots and lots of updates on the earthquake and the needs there, and you have not yet heard of the many ways every person can help out in some way (and that every bit matters much), I wanted to post something as well.
And this all sounds so small and insignificant in the big scheme of things and the great financial need down there, but one of the things we felt our family could do this month was contribute our January dining budget to this ministry real hope for Haiti . I know that every small amount of finances people can offer will add up! And maybe making mention of our giving away the monthly dining-out money can help others; motivating them to think creatively on where they can come up with some extra money to serve those in Haiti. Fifty dollars is not a lot, but we can definitely forego eating out (and serving ourselves) and use that money to serve others instead!