I have seen how the devastating earthquake in Haiti has touched the lives of those around me. The area where I live has a large Haitian community and I have Haitian co-workers and clients who have lost loved ones. My heart is so heavy for them and for the people of Haiti. The scope of the tragedy is hard to grasp and I have felt the need to help and take action since I first heard about it minutes after it happened.
The blogging community is a large one with a collective sense of giving and responsibility. Bloggers today are banding together to support Haiti in their critical time of need. I am pledging to donate $2.00 for every blogger who links to a post describing what they personally did to help Haiti by the end of the day tomorrow, Saturday, January 16, 2010 (up to $250).
If you don’t have a blog, I will also donate $.25 for every comment left on this post by the end of the day tomorrow, Saturday, January 16, 2010 (up to $250).
I am choosing to donate to Missionary Flights International, a group based out of Fort Pierce, Florida (where I live) that flies every week to Haiti. They have increased their flights in the wake of the tragedy and are looking for toiletries and light food (i.e. not canned) as well as money for the fuel costs. One flight is 1,000 gallons of fuel at $5 per gallon. If you live locally, you can take items and donations directly to the hangar at the St Lucie Airport in Fort Pierce. There are also drop-off points throughout the Treasure Coast and Palm Beach County. I would also recommend the Red Cross or Yele as organizations you could donate to. If you don’t have money to donate, please consider donating items from your pantry or your closet.
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