Thursday, January 14, 2010

Helping Haiti

Saw a tweet on my twitter feed this morning -- text the word "Haiti" to 90999 and your cell carrier will donate $10.00 to the Red Cross. In fact, it was a tweet from singer/songwriter Amy Grant.

I researched the effort online, and it looks like it's true. As of the time I am writing this (7:21 a.m. PST) the Red Cross has collected some $3 million through this effort. THREE MILLION DOLLARS in what I think is less than 24 hours and may be even less than 12 hours.

Social networking used for good -- I really, REALLY like that.

So, if you wish to give an immediate $10.00 for the relief of Haiti, please text the word Haiti to 90999.

There are other efforts underway. Compassion International has a disaster relief fund set up, and you can donate to it online if you wish. I am a Compassion sponsor, although my child isn't in Haiti. Another Compassion sponsor from our online blogging community is Melanie -- and her sponsored child IS in Haiti. Right now she has no idea whether the child and her family are safe.

You don't have to be a Compassion sponsor to donate to the Haiti relief through Compassion. See to make your donation online.

If there are other relief efforts you want to highlight, please do so on your blog. I'd enjoy reading about them and I think that others would as well. The online community is shaping up to be a major resource for getting out the word.

So, that's two that I am putting out there: the text message relief (Red Cross) and Compassion's disaster fund.

And, as always, we need to continue praying for the people of Haiti.

- Catherine

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