For over a day now I’ve been watching CNN non-stop. One cannot fathom the amount of destruction which has encompassed the nation of Haiti. One cannot turn a blind eye and pretend their latest disaster doesn’t exist. One cannot help but feel the need to reach out and offer assistance.
So as I sit in my little hovel with the heat softly hissing in the background, my comfy chair cushioning my tush, and a cold drink waiting to quench my random spurts of thirst, I decided the time had come to reach my own hand out with a plea for others to do the same.
Most certainly, we have all felt the ravages of the current economic crisis. It doesn’t appear to be getting any better. Day after day we hope that tomorrow will bring a ray of sunshine and a long-awaited check into our hands so that we in turn can pay a bill or two that have hounded us for far too long.
So if I gave up ten bucks … in the grand scheme of things, would it really make a difference? I mean, ten bucks certainly won’t pay a bill. Nor will it fill my gas tank. It’s not nearly enough to give me a night out on the town. Basically, I guess I could get a cup of coffee and maybe a bagel or something.
So easy to plunk down for a drink at a bar. A pack or two of cigarettes (depending on which side of the border you live on). A quick sandwich.
It really doesn’t impact me at all to give it up. I can do without that drive-thru cup of coffee. That shot of whiskey. That “whatever strikes my fancy”.
So tonight I’ll be taking the advice of Ben Stiller who was one of the guests on tonight’s Larry King Live.
A simple text message to HAITI @ 90999 (American Red Cross) …
They’ve raised over 1.7 million dollars by people giving up that cup of coffee for a day.
And tonight I will also implore upon all of you to make a small sacrifice for an entire nation devasted by unimaginable proportions.
I just watched a young girl get pulled from the rubble. Her family digging with bare hands through concrete and wires to free her. And she came out without a whimper. Not a single tear. Brave soul. I could never have been so gallant. My coffee is so worth giving up so she can maybe have a tent, a pillow, a blanket to shelter her … or a bottle of clean water to quench her thirst.
Maybe I’ll send more than one text message.
Tonight I ask each of you to think of what it would be like to be in their shoes right now. No medication, no hospitals, loss of everything and possibly everyone near and dear. In these dire economic times, what’s five or ten bucks in the grand scheme of it all.
Anderson Cooper 360 – http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/blog/
Larry King – http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/larry.king.live/
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
To help with relief efforts, text “HAITI” to “90999” and $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross, charged to your cell phone bill.
15 January, 2010
As of last night (January 14, 2010), the Red Cross announced a record-breaking 7 MILLION USD has been raised thus far through the “Text HAITI to 90999” Ten Dollar Donation program.
That’s certainly something in the grand scheme of it all! 🙂