Thursday, January 14, 2010

Haiti Earthquake Relief

Catastrophic tragedy with the magnitude of this week's earthquake in Haiti has a way of overloading our minds. Truly, we can't even begin to comprehend a disaster of this scope, and with the death toll estimates between tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands, the damage is just too much to fathom. Most will experience a fleeting feeling of thankfulness for the safety and well-being of ourselves and our family, but with so much going on, it's easy to move on without much additional thought. The impact of this tragedy is all too real, however, for our Haitian brothers and sisters here in Brooklyn and across the US who cannot reach their loved ones, who are not sure if their families and friends are among the survivors. It's easy to feel powerless and perhaps a bit complacent in the face of such a tremendous tragedy. Modest donations to charitable groups can sometimes feel like drops in a well, but your small donation, plus my small donation, plus the small donations of others help fund the desperately needed relief-efforts of humanitarian organizations. 

Below are a few options for those looking to give but not sure where to begin:

The Mayor's Fund to Advance NYC is accepting donations, 100% of which will be directed to agencies DIRECTLY involved in relieving earthquake victims.

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is absorbing all associated administrative costs so that 100% of every dollar you give to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF will support UNICEF's relief efforts for children in Haiti. 
No middle men. No cuts for executive salaries. Just your donations, going to the people who need them.

Help for Haiti: Learn What You Can Do