As many of you already know, a tragic earthquake has ravaged the small island nation of Haiti. Current estimates of the death toll exceed 40,000 people, and some estimate higher than 50,000. This is a time when people can truly put aside their petty differences such as political or religious views and come together to make a huge difference in someone’s life. Thousands of people, from all walks of life, are coming together to help.
This is a truly inspiring thing to see, when so many people are desperately clinging to life, people of all faiths, countries, and political backgrounds can put aside their differences to help. One pairing that shows the political wall falling to help the devastated country is the Bush/Clinton Haiti fund. Two recent presidents, one democrat and one republican have come together to help raise money for the people of Haiti.
You may be wondering as you read this article, “Why is a political examiner writing on this?” The answer is simple, political views can be overcome and set aside quickly when people are in need. It is inspiring to see so many Americans, as well as those of other nations doing what they can to help.
Doctors and nurses from all over the world are flying to Haiti to help those injured. Many organizations are doing their part to fund relief and rescue efforts as well as celebrity involvement. This is both a horrible and wonderful thing, a double edged sword. The bad part is obvious, people have died, been left homeless, or orphaned. The good part, although coming at a high price, is the uniting of people to help. People are putting aside their differences for the good of those in need.
Below I will list a number of websites and phone numbers available to give donations if you so chose. With that said don’t feel obligated to jepordise your own wellbeing or that of your family but if you can spare something, give up that morning cup of coffee from Starbucks, or that double cheeseburger from McDonalds for a week to help I promise you that the people of Haiti will be grateful. They may not know your name or your face but they will know that the world does care and you will know that you did a small part.
Charity Navigator has a list of the charities helping in the Haitian disaster, as well as rating the organizations and showing the percentages of money that go to the disaster and that spent on other costs.