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Haiti

14 Jan

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.

Ten bucks.

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.

Ten bucks.

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.

CNN:

Anderson Cooper 360 – http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/blog/

Larry King – http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/larry.king.live/

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

RED CROSS – UNICEF

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. 

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15 January, 2010

UPDATE:  

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! 🙂

 
5 Comments

Posted by on January 14, 2010 in Reflections

 

5 responses to “Haiti

  1. Trish

    January 14, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    So eloquently and tragically put … I, for one, will be foresaking my cup of coffee and encouraging many others to do the same after reading your post. Thank you for your heart-touching words and efforts!

     
  2. mary

    January 15, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Perfectly written on such a terrible tragedy; our everyday lives are so simple compared to what they are struggling through every second of the day to find their children, family… I will be sending something – have no problem skipping a cup of coffee, bagel, and even the sandwich.

     
  3. sinnaa

    January 15, 2010 at 5:57 am

    To Trish and Mary: Your actions have given me a perfect ending to my evening. Thank you! It’s pretty amazing what ten bucks and a cup of coffee can do in the grand scheme of it all.🙂

     
  4. tapesgoneloose

    January 15, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    The Nation also suggests putting some pressure on US administration to mobilize its own rescue forces the soonest possible (http://www.thenation.com/blogs/actnow/516315/helping_haiti). My own word of advice is donate some money, if you cannot offer any other kind of help, but do a little research in advance. Bad logistics plus rampant corruption may prevent your money from getting there on time or ever (it happened with the greek forest fires, if you recall, plus on other occasions as well). Donate to an experienced group maintaining good ties with medical teams already in Haiti &, equally importantly, don’t take my word for it: do your own research about what a good group to donate to is.

     
  5. sinnaa

    January 16, 2010 at 4:35 am

    You’re so right, tapesgoneloose. Please do investigate any charitable organization before making donations of any kind. Unfortunately, the world is full of corrupt people looking to take advantage of the sympathetic side of mankind.

    On another note of the same composition, let’s not forget that there are still so many people trapped in crumbled structures. There are so many dying needless deaths. The lack of antibiotics is taking its toll and the lack of equipment is making it virtually impossible to free the unable.

    My heart was completely broken tonight upon hearing these stories being broadcast on CNN. Fellow brothers and sisters suffering beyond what is comprehensible.

    A little eleven year old girl who was saved last night ended up succumbing to her injuries en route to the “better” hospital.

    http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2010/01/15/video-girl-11-pulled-from-rubble/

    Another missing child whose father begged … PLEADED … with President Obama, “father to father”, tearing every fiber of my heart out.

    So although the donations are pouring in, it’s just not enough. MORE needs to be done. NOW.

    Unidentified and unrecorded remains of people are being thrown into dumpsters as if their bodies were nothing more than scrap metal on a construction site.

    These horrific images, each and every one of them, shall remain burnt into my memory forever.

    And I’m a zillion miles away.

    How will that small child who is bearing witness to this all day and night, face-to-face with death … just how will this small child not be impacted for life with horrors witnessed these past few days.

    My jubilation and pride at the banding together of complete strangers tonight has turned into a deep sense of defeat and sorrow.

    So ten dollars, while it does make a difference in the grand scheme of it all, doesn’t save a life from a “stupid death”, a needless death, a preventable death.

    I also have a question … where is the government of Haiti in all this? I remember seeing her leader the first morning after the quake … but now? Where the hell did everybody go?

    My deepest condolences to all who have lost, to the people of Haiti, to their families and friends, their colleagues … please know we all do care even if sometimes we may appear to not be doing enough.

    And my hats off to the staff of CNN/USA for the remarkable coverage they have given on the tragedy of Haiti. When things are wrong, you tell us, when they don’t move fast enough, you get angry … and when “stupid deaths” happen, you’ve cried alongside me.

     

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