Compost Bin – Help Haiti Edition

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:

3 thoughts on “Compost Bin – Help Haiti Edition

  1. That is extremely cool that you are engaging your young ones in the essence of generosity…

    And thanks for this post on the Haiti reality. I am watching the donation issues closely, and it is a good aspect of Americans that we are so globally giving. I have been wondering which organization I would choose to funnel support through, and will look at “Doctors Without Borders.”

    The situation in Haiti is an immense train wreck on so many levels, it is extremely boggling. I have been a huge proponent of community disaster preparedness, something that a huge amount of the American population does not like to engage with. I am hoping that this event will encourage more Americans to not be so complacent about understanding that our planetary geography is a harsh mostly non-predictable reality for those that live in the mind set of, “Oh that stuff only happens to other places on the planet…”

    I don’t know if dealing with this kind of disaster preparedness stuff is more like turning off the lights at a party, but the reality is, the party will get ugly if we are not aware that nature can strike without notice. I have some friends that are dealing with the Northern California quake, while not near as bad as Haiti, their normal routines have taken a major hit. Again, a lot of them were not ready and they live in a major seismic activity region.

    Maybe as communities, governments and individuals we will realize a growing need to “Invest” more in being ready for natural disasters. There is definitely a part of my thinking that spends lot of time on the reality of a large earthquake hitting a major metropolitan area.

    • Just today my mother was talking about how this sort of disaster couldn’t happen here, in America, because we have a strong government. I think it’s just so much more comfortable to believe that we are insulated from disaster, but life offers no such gauranty.

      Heck, Hubby and I are guilty of not having a proper go bag and emergency kit ready, and we’ve been through one emergency already ourselves. He was stuck in Manhattan during that power outage a few years ago, surviving on what food and drink could be scrounged up in his office building. He now keeps a go-bag in the office with a change of clothing, some granola bars, and a toothbrush, but we still haven’t gotten the kit ready for the house. Maybe that will be a project for next weekend.

  2. Go bags and emergency supplies seem so overrated until you need them. We are always ready because of our high threat of hurricanes.

    We make an annual contribution to a charity that we decide on at Christmas time. I’m really glad we made our contribution to Doctors Without Borders this year. It makes it feel like we made the right decision.

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