Hubby and I had made a family pledge for 2010 to give a little to a different charity every month. Our plan is to sit down with the kids once a month and choose a charity together, sometimes picking local groups and sometimes giving to larger efforts with an international or national effort. Sometimes we would give to environmental causes, sometimes to local organizations that benefit our community, and sometimes to disaster relief organizations.
The earthquake in Haiti guided our choice for January, and we made a donation to the American Red Cross. The unfolding disaster requires an immediate and large-scale relief effort from the international community, and we felt it was important to contribute what we could to help. For us there is a personal side to the earthquake–the mother of one of Thing 1’s classmates was in Port au Prince and is missing. Giving to an organization that is poised to go help her is the best we can do to help their family for now.
If you are considering making a donation to an organization participating in the rescue effort in Haiti, consider one of the following: