Two of my dearest friends in the world live in the capital city of the Dominican Republic. For those of you that are geographically-challenged (as I can be at times), this puts them roughly 8 hours distance from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. At this point, I'm sure I don't need to go into great depth about the absolute devastation that area of the world is going through right now.
I spent some time with my family this evening watching 60 Minutes. The disturbing images of bodies being piled into (and by use of) trucks to be transported for burial in mass graves and the sad reports on the lack of much needed supplies from those on the front lines of the relief effort were (for lack of any kind of word to adequately describe such things) gut-wrenching. What can be done? As I sit in my home taking care of my babies and concerning myself with the day-to-day doldrums that I so often take for granted, so many people are suffering. It can be so easy for those of us that live in other parts of the world. to feel removed from the tragedies of those that live far away. And even when we want to get involved, it's hard to always know what to do.
I received an email from one of those dear friends who is living in the D.R. this weekend about a blogger who is willing to donate $10 of her own money for every person who blogs about what they have done personally to help with the relief effort in Haiti. And for those that are doing something but do not have a blog, they can simply leave a comment telling what they have done and a donation of $.30 for each of those comments will be made. AND OTHER BLOGGERS LINKED UP ARE DOING THE SAME. It's amazing what can happen when we band together!
The devastation in Haiti has been on so many of our hearts and minds lately. What these bloggers are doing really moved me. Even in tough economic times, they are finding ways to do without and donate that money to the relief effort in Haiti. Normally, I would not be comfortable with sharing my charitable givings. I truly believe in the words of Matthew 6:3-4:
3But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
But for the sake of this blog-along and that in doing so my efforts will be multiplied, I will share. This evening I donated to the Red Cross. Will you do the same?
Do you have a blog? Would you like to make your donation go even further? Head over to Money Saving Mom and link up your post about what you've done to help in Haiti by January 21st. (Certainly you can blog about it after that date, but it is my understanding that they are willing to add to your generosity up until that date.) No blog? You can still head on over and leave a comment. Every little bit helps! Surely, we are stronger together.
After spending the last half hour adding my link to the long list of blogs on Money Saving Mom's site that are willing to contribute even more for those linking to them, I have decided to add my own McLinky to this post. For every link added to the following list that connects to a post you have written about how you have helped the relief effort in Haiti, I will donate another $1 (up to $50) to the Red Cross. McLinky is pretty intuitive, but for those of you who have not used it, make sure you link up to the URL of the actual post and not your blog's homepage. You can easily find out the URL of a post by clicking on the post title. Copy the URL that shows up in your browser and link it here. Blog about it, tweet about it, and email your friends. Thank you in advance for participating and God Bless You!
I am also linking this up to and participating in The Help Haiti Blog Challenge.