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Help for Haiti: Did you See? What will you Do, Mama?

January 15, 2010

All of us Mamas have now seen glimpses of the destruction in Haiti. I found this eye-opening article at Nashua Telegraph that I feel is an amazing, sobering, and jaw-dropping word picture of the devastation. I just sat here and sobbed when they were describing a mother giving birth and not knowing if the mother was going to be able to recover from her bleeding, and listening to reports of children sleeping next to their decomposing parents.

This post is about how to help IMMEDIATELY. Plenty of opportunities to help in the long term will arise as Haiti starts over again. I will try to update with those opportunities as time passes so that we can continue to help.

Please leave a comment below with links or information on any other legitimate organization, whether it be monetary or crafty, that is raising funds for Haiti. Send this blog post to everyone you know so that we get widespread results however we can.

Of course, items are important to donate, but the airport is swamped and there is no infrastructure to get items to people from smaller organizations. Large or small, organizations need monetary support. Be careful of scams. Listed below are legitimate places to donate your money to help Haiti.

  • American Red Cross: Haiti Relief and Development ($10 minimum) text “HAITI” to 90999; the money will be charged directly to your cell phone bill. According to Text Msg Donations for Haiti Set Records on cbsnews.com, “The money is coming in at a rate of roughly $200,000 an hour. As of Friday morning, a White House spokesman said people had donated $8 million. ‘We could be handling more,’ she said. ‘We are not at capacity.’ Red Cross spokesman Roger Lowe called the outpouring of $10 donations by hundreds of thousands of mobile users ‘nothing short of awe-inspiring.’ But he said the largest donations the organization is getting is still coming in online.”
  • Doctors Without Borders Donation Options
  • OxFam
  • Hearts With Haiti “provides financial assistance to the children and young adults of St. Joseph’s in Port-au-Prince, Wings of Hope in Fermathe, and Trinity House in Jacmel through donations and fundraising activities. Hearts with Haiti tries to match expertise of individuals with needs at the homes to provide opportunities for the children in areas such as the arts and academics and to provide medical and therapeutic needs.”
  • Visit Money Saving Moms blog, where they put out a call for all bloggers to share what they are doing to help Haiti. Donations per comments and links listed will be made!
  • One Pretty Thing’s Roundup of Crafting Efforts for Haiti
  • Pitter Patter Art-a key fob for your donation!
  • Joy in Hope. Gwenn Mangine at The Life and Times of the Mangine Many blogs live from Jamcel, Haiti.

Click here to visit the Craft Hope Etsy Shop

Of course, I will be promoting Craft Hope, as they have put together an etsy shop where you can buy handmade items from Mamas who Saw and Did. 100% of the profits go to Doctors Without Borders for immediate surgical and hospital assistance. I plan on making some quick items like burp cloths and taggies with the Craft Hope logo on them. When I am done making them, I’ll post them here so you can buy them if you are so inclined.

If you are interested in donating an item you have made, follow the instructions.

LOCALLY IN THE TRIANGLE, NC

Locally in the Triangle, I learned of some concrete events that are donating profits to Haiti Disaster Relief. Please support these events by attending and donating money. They are from Empire Eats and The Pickle Mamas with Gateway Yoga (both in Raleigh, NC), and Once in a Blue Moon Bakery in Cary, NC.

Once in a Blue Moon Bakery: 100% of profits this Saturday-Wednesday will be donated to Haiti Relief. Say hi to Melissa and tell her Lucy told you about it!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Meghan permalink
    January 15, 2010 3:29 pm

    Thank you Lucy for once again being compassionate & articulate and connecting people with ways they can be the change!
    I love you!

  2. January 15, 2010 3:49 pm

    Hi Lucy
    Stop by my blog and feel free to link in. In addition to donating to Haiti we are also giving away a box of yummy Godiva chocolates to one lucky joyful giver!

    http://thriftyindallas.blogspot.com/2010/01/lend-to-lord.html

  3. Renee permalink
    January 15, 2010 7:08 pm

    Thanks Lucy. Hearts with Haiti is a wonderful organization. I went to Haiti in ’98 and stayed at St. Joseph’s.

  4. Kerry permalink
    January 16, 2010 1:57 pm

    The Pour House is holding a benefit show in Feb:

    Haiti Relief Benefitw/ Chatham County Line
    & A Rooster For the Masses
    & more…….

    Thursday, February 4th, 2010

    Ticket Price: Suggested Donations of $12
    Doors: 7 pm
    Show: 8 pm

    http://www.the-pour-house.com/events.php?m=03&y=10

  5. January 22, 2010 8:55 am

    Great resources. I meant to post earlier. I borrowed your Craft Hope link for my business blog post about this, as well.

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