Thursday, January 14, 2010

Help for Haiti

My husband Dave and I are still in shock, as we think about the utter sadness currently taking place in Haiti. Although I have never set foot in Haiti myself, my heart melts from the photographs that my husband returns with of a beautiful country and its beautiful people.

I feel guilty going about a typical day knowing that so many will be crying themselves to sleep tonight. Life had been difficult for the people of Haiti before the earthquake, and now many are homeless, helpless, even orphaned and are in desperate need of our help!

The good news is that help, and hope are already in Haiti, ready to assist the afflicted. World Vision, a global outreach organization is focusing their efforts to meet the basics of food, water, hygiene and shelter at the epicenter location, Port Au Prince.

Raincatchers, who many of you have already made donations to assist bringing clean drinking water to some of Haiti's poorest families living in the rural mountain regions, is also making plans to assist the needy in the wake of the earthquake aftermath.

Because of the overwhelming need in Haiti, I have teamed up with many other bloggers who want to raise awareness and funds for those living in devastation after Tuesday's earthquake in Haiti.

Help for Haiti
For every person who leaves a comment, January 15-21, 2010, sharing how they have contributed to meeting the great need in Haiti, I will donate $1 to Raincatchers ongoing mission work in Haiti!

World Vision's Donation Information


Raincatchers' Donation Information

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.
-Mother Teresa

Please continue to keep the Haitian people in your thoughts and prayers!

Personal Note: Spending coupons, for my family, means spending less for what we need so that we have more funds left over at the end of the month to spend on things that are important to our family.

Many coupon spenders are banding together, offering what they can- to help the hurting in Haiti. I thought that I'd share some ideas of sacrificing that others have mentioned in case you are searching for a way for your family to make an impact in Haiti right now.

Finding Ways to Give:

1. Take time and effort to eat from your stockpile this month, and offer the money that you would have spent on groceries to a relief organization.

2. Collect all of the change laying around your home, and cash it in.

3. Skip dining out one night.

4. Return your empty pop bottles/can.

5. Offer your time/skills (like babysitting...) and offer that income as a donation.

Every little bit does indeed help! Relief organization are highly skilled in stretching their resources farther than we can begin to imagine!

105 comments:

Nikki

Hubby and I agreed on a monetary donation. Part of the reason that we can afford to give is because of the blogs, like yours, that I follow which help us save so much week to week. Thank you so much for your generosity in this time of need in Haiti, I hope it is contagous!

Leesa

It is great to see how so many people are coming together to help those in Haiti that are going through this tremendous tragedy.

Anonymous

How generous and kind of you.

LJJ

I gave to Compassion International and the Red Cross. Thanks for doing this!

Aunty Jill

American Red Cross online!

Deb ~ Frugal Living And Having Fun

Please stop by and leave a link back. For every link I will donate $ .25/link in addition to my own donations.

http://www.frugallivingandhavingfun.com/2010/01/help-for-haiti-place-link-and-help.html

Brittan

We donated through Crisis Response International (CRI). They sent a team down yesterday to assist with search and rescue. Thanks for doing this!

coupongeek

My hubby and I are donating $.50 per link/comment up to $500 to The Salvation Army.

Jaycie - Coupon Geek

Leah

I'm praying for Haiti and donating via text message and to Feed My Starving Children. Thank you!

Shannon @ Mommie Cheapest

We are donating .25 per link or comment on our "Help for Haiti" post here at: http://www.mommiecheapest.com/2010/01/help-for-haiti.html

Anonymous

I will be donating to Raincatchers. Thank you

j2burk

We'll be donating the money that we saved on groceries this month to Compassion International. Though it doesn't seem like much, every little bit helps.

http://j2burk.blogspot.com/2010/01/i-woke-up-this-morning-in-comfortable.html

j2burk

My husband and I are using the money we've saved on groceries this month to give to the people of Haiti.

Ashley

We donated to the American Red Cross this morning. Thanks for using your blog to help convince people to donate.

Jennie

We donated to the US fund for UNICEF and also to a local (Kentucky)-based charity called Ten Kids whose goal is to provide a safe home, education, etc. to Ten Kids http://www.tenkids.org/. I like the idea of giving to an organization meeting general needs of the people of Haiti and to one meeting the needs of specific children. We are so blessed--I can't imagine the losses of the Haitian people.

Lydia

We know some people who live down there and work daily with the Haitians so we gave them some money to help out with whatever they need to help.

Deal Queen

We have given $,1,600 designated towards Haiti and have asked our Pastor to use it as a tool for match/encouragement to the congregation

http://thriftyindallas.blogspot.com/2010/01/lend-to-lord.html

Megan

I'm making a donation to Doctors Without Borders.

Anonymous

I'm praying for the victims and their families.

Becky C

I wrote a check to the American Red Cross and sent it with my daughter to school today. Troy High is having a competition to see which class can raise the most money for the people of Haiti.

Crystal @ The Thrifty Mama

I'm giving $1 per blog link, and .30 cents per comment.

Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect

I'm donating 25 cents per comment on my blog, in addition to my own donation to Compassion.

Megan

We donated through worldhelp.net. Thank you!

Theresa

I just became a follower of your blog :)
What a generous donation you are going to make!

I am donating 25 cents per link to the Red Cross. Feel free to come and link your post here to my Mr. Linky!

http://myfavedeals.blogspot.com/2010/01/help-for-haiti.html

Magnifelyn

I donated $10 via text to the Red Cross relief effort. Then I blogged about the Help for Haiti Project to increase awareness! http://magnifelyn.livejournal.com/865009.html

Kim

We are donating 50¢ per comment and link! Thanks for spreading the word! http://pugetsoundprudence.blogspot.com/2010/01/giving-back-challenge.html

Andrea (ace1028)

What an incredible effort for you and these fellow bloggers to make. I have posted about your efforts on my blog, hoping to direct people to you all, and I have posted about the Text option to donate to the Red Cross. That's what I have done so far, and we're donating with hubby's company, who will match, so that is a great feeling, as well.

Brooke

We donated through compassion:

http://josh-brooke-vickery.blogspot.com/2010/01/haiti-earthquake-relief.html

Pam K

My heart is breaking for the Haitian people. I pray that the Lord will bless and keep them safe. I have contributed to the American Red Cross and encourage others to do the same.

pinecone304

We plan to donate through our church. Thank you for your generous heart.

Steve, Amanda, Kyle & Owen

We plan on donating through Red Cross, than you for all that you are doing.

Steve, Amanda, Kyle & Owen

We plan on donating through Red Cross, than you for all that you are doing.

Jill Foley

We are donating through Compassion International

Cheryl@SomewhatCrunchy

I'm contributing $1 per comment/link up to $125 to Gain.

http://crispy-not-crunchy.blogspot.com/2010/01/hep-for-haiti-you-comment-i-donate.html

MamaX5

Donating through our church's humanitarian fund.

http://thesavingsgeek.blogspot.com/2010/01/help-haiti.html

Anonymous

We're giving to Compassion International. I've also heard good things about Cure, so we'll be looking into that. Thanks for doing this!

Jenn @ Beautiful Calling

I love that you posted about finding ways to give. Far too often we think we are poor when we are abundantly blessed!

Our family is sending up prayers to the One who can do the most!!
Our church also took and sent contributions in.
My heart breaks especially for the little ones affected. We truly are blessed and I am thankful that we are able to bless others in return!

Heather

My DH & I gave to Compassion International. To see what we did and other specific prayer requests from Haiti, check out my post on Helping Haiti!
http://savingmoneylivinglife.blogspot.com/2010/01/help-for-haiti.html
Thank you!
Heather

sweetsuelv

I am donating to the red cross and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints humanitarian aid. I am also posting a comment on all the blogs that are donating. Thanks

Karen Morris

We're giving $25 dollars to a missionary already there in Haiti. He had a short term missions group including two doctors and nurses there. People are pouring in from Port-au-Prince to receive medical help. Please pray for them!

Jessica-MomForHim

I’m doing all the link-clickin I can, and we will be donating, too. Thanks for what you are doing to help–every little bit helps!

Nikki O.

My family is donating to the Red Cross -- and I've added your Mother Teresa quote to my Facebook page to encourage others to do the same. Thank you!

Frugal Friend

Were donating to Compassion Intl and linking up to every blog in Crystal's list (MSM)

Maggie

We donated to Samaritan's Purse. Thank you for doing this!!

marybeth at www.babygoodbuys.com

BabyGoodBuys (www.babygoodbuys.com) is donating $10/$1 for anyone that links up their blog post!

Benae

Thanks for doing this! I have donated to the American Red Cross and to Compassion International.

LS

Thanks for giving!

Tahoe Mom

My family donated $ to the Red Cross on Wednesday. And I have been visiting lots of blogs today, making comments to increase donations :-)

CCakaJapan

Thank you so much for doing this! I love that you're giving my an outlet to help. I also am planning to help when I go to the Dominican Republic next month- I am sure they will need help for a very long time, and I hope to be a part of that. Thank you!

Mark

We've donated. It's wonderful to see all the different blogs that are helping out. God Bless!

Libby

Your generosity is wonderful. I donated to the Red Cross, & have been commenting like crazy to help with donations. Thanks!

Amanda

Our family donated to Red Cross today and I made a post on FB to encourage my friends to donate.

Missourimommy

We will be making a donation to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) at church on Sunday.
I also found out today that someone in the company I work for ships containers to Haiti at least once a month in support of an orphanage. I have gathered my fellow teammates and we are having a "drive" to collect HBA items, like toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, along with food items, the biggest being peanut butter.

Coupon Teacher

http://www.mycouponteacher.com/2010/01/help-for-haiti.html

I will be donating $.25 per comment or link.

Tiffany

Due to our financial situation, I am visiting as many blogs as possible and commenting to help raise donations. Bless you for not only helping but providing a way for everyone to help too!

Cherie

Our family gave to Compassion International.
Thanks so much for doing this!

Tony and Heather Snyder

Gave to the Red Cross. Thanks for all you do!

Anonymous

I donated all my swagbucks for the cause, posted about this drive on Facebook, and plan to donate money, though still deciding which organization to donate through. Thanks for doing this.

Sherry

We donated Swagbucks and $100 along with $1 for each link/comment. http://lampuntomyfeetandalightuntomypath.blogspot.com/2010/01/blessing-others-in-crisis.html

The Boojes

Thanks for doing this!

Maria145

I worked at my local Red Cross this afternoon helping to answer phones and take donations from people wanting to help. Thanks for what you are doing too!

Jennifer

My husband and I are making a donation to the Salvation Army

http://dinnerwithmikeandjen.blogspot.com/2010/01/please-help-haiti.html

Help Meet in the Making

Go to my blog to see how we've donated!

http://helpmeetinthemaking.blogspot.com/2010/01/crystal-at-money-saving-mom-part-of.html

E

http://thecouponphenomenon.blogspot.com/2010/01/sending-couponing-blessings-to-haiti.html

Thanks for helping us do this!

LaVonne

We donated $100 to ADRA tonight. Thanks for doing all you are doing. God bless!

http://longsontheroadagain.blogspot.com/2010/01/help-for-haiti.html

Coach Berry

We gave to Red Cross via txt and YeleHaiti via txt. Thanks for your efforts!

Coach Berry

We gave to Red Cross via txt and YeleHaiti via txt. Thanks for your efforts!

Lora @ Motherhood Moments

We gave to Compassion International.

http://4everfamily.com/2010/01/15/please-help-haiti/

Jennifer

We are donating items of immediate need to the Embassy of the Republic of Haiti:

http://mcquill-land.blogspot.com/2010/01/finer-things-friday-coming-together.html

Saving in the "D"

We donated to the Red Cross this evening. Thanks so much for your support...

Star Seeker

Donated to ADRA. http://myrandomramblinz.blogspot.com/ To The Least of These

Anonymous

My husband is a Haitian American, and we are devastated by this disaster.
I appreicate all you do and keeping people in Haiti in your prayers. We donated to Red Cross and Direct Relief International. We are also planning on donating to other organizations as well. Again, thank you for your help.

Anonymous

I gave to Oxfam and Episcopal Relief and Development.

Anonymous

We donated 50 dollars to Redcross.

Gina

We donated to the Red Cross. This is so sweet of you to do Laura. And what a great group of readers you have. It's so amazing to see how people really step up and give when things like this happen.

TwinMommas

Thanks for doing this! We're donating $1 for every comment posted on our blog-
http://twinmommas.blogspot.com/2010/01/help-haiti.html

Jennifer

Giving 0.30/comment to Numana, Inc. (hunger relief) at http://theharmonhome.blogspot.com/2010/01/help-for-haiti.html. Come on over!

Hollie

I gave to the Red Cross and will be doing more with World Vision in the weeks ahead.

emily

I donated my Swagbuck points to the cause and am commenting on generous blogs like yours. :)

Anonymous

We donated to Samaritan's Purse and Compassion International.

House of Design

Giving through Compassion!

Heather L.

Donated to Compassion. http://blackberryrambles.blogspot.com/2010/01/thinking-about-haiti.html

Andrea

i will be donating to my company's relief effort- and the company will be double matching any employee or customer donation.

Katherine

We donated to Chances for Children, a ministry that runs an orphanage outside Port au Prince:
http://chances4childrendonations.blogspot.com/
A family from our homeschool group recently adopted two precious children from there. Bless you for all you are doing to help.

Summer

I'm giving to the Red Cross and the LDS Church. Thanks for doing this!

onemotherslove

Thank you for your generosity! My post is here:
http://whatsheupto.blogspot.com/2010/01/do-what-you-can-for-haiti.html

Ann

We gave to CrossWorld International and are praying.

Dawn

I am planning on giving to the Red Cross but am going to talk to some people at church tomorrow to see if our church (Oak Pointe) might be doing something or know of another charity and if so, I'll split my donation. So kind of you Laura. I've had to turn off the news, I just can't handle seeing the little ones suffering. And the agony that the people are going through not knowing if their loved ones are alive or not.

CC

I blogged! http://ifonlyihadsuperpowers.blogspot.com/2010/01/help-for-haiti.html

Susan

We gave $100 to UNICEF and are praying.

Jenna @ Newlyweds

What a wonderful thing you are doing. I pray for all of those in Haiti.

Jenna @ Newlyweds

What a wonderful thing you are doing. I pray for all the Haiti people. I am also donating $1.00 for every comment on my blog.

Lois

Thanks for doing this. We are also helping.

Shannon

I posted on my blog about relief help here http://thefreebiemom.blogspot.com/2010/01/help-for-haiti.html

Heather

We are praying and donating to Compassion. Thanks for what you are doing.

Anonymous

Both of my big girls gave all the change they had in their wallets to the collection box at Old Navy! I think it was about $4 so I matched that!
Jessica M.

Amie

We are doing a giant bake sale here at our home :-) My three year old is quite involved and informing everyone about how we are helping. More on what we are doing to raise money is here: http://frugal4abusylife.com/2010/01/18/money-saving-monday-we-save-to-give-how-to-help-haitis-earthquake-victims/ Great ideas!

Anonymous

http://bitingthepenny.wordpress.com/2010/01/17/how-you-can-help-haiti-by-text-message

Carol

I donated to Samaritan's Purse. Thank you for doing this. Thank you also your great tips of the day.

Christina

We gave to World Vision. Thank you!!

Laura Webber

Thank you so much to everyone who chose to give to the relief efforts in Haiti! It is beautiful to be a part of a community who cares just as much about helping others as they do in caring for their own families!

Much love, Dave, Laura and Boaz Webber

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