It is no secret that for the most part, mothers are givers. They are the givers of life, the givers of sippy cups and snacks, the givers of hope and reassurance. Mothers not only want to give to their own children, but want to give to others as well.
In the past six days, the world has watched as the small island of Haiti has been brought to her knees from a massive earthquake that struck on January12, 2010. People spanning the globe have sprung to action, wondering how they can be of service to the citizens of this island in despair. Mothers have sat in watched television coverage of fellow moms crying in the ruins over lost lives and have witnessed tales of lost children attempting to survive on the dark streets of this nation’s capital.
Such devastation can leave many with a desire to help, but with an uncertainty as to how to do so. The stay-at-home mom can not quickly board the next plane to Port-au-Prince and volunteer to dig through the rubble. However she can make a difference from inside her very own home.
- Make a Monetary Donation.
Monetary donations are being accepted by hundreds of charities and organizations committed to helping relief efforts in Haiti. Giving of oneself monetarily is one of the best ways people can directly help the situation in Haiti. CNN has an excellent source of reputable charities accepting donations for Haitian relief efforts.
- Grab a banner.
In the age of social media, banners for one’s blog, Facebook and personal websites are excellent ways to provide direct links to organizations helping out with the Haitian relief effort. Compassion International has a variety of widgets that will direct people to their home site, allowing them to become involved in their relief efforts in Haiti.
- Blog about relief efforts.
Mommy blogging is big business. Mommy bloggers around the globe are jumping at a chance to use their piece of the Internet to promote Haitian relief efforts. MoneySavingMom.com is encouraging fellow mothers to take action in some way to help earthquake relief efforts and then to blog about it. The mommy behind MoneySavingMom.com has offered to donate $10 to Compassion International for every person who leaves a comment on her blog sharing the details of how he/she helped the people of Haiti
- Gather up gently used shoes.
Soles4Souls has partnered up with Foot Solutions to get gently used shoes to the people of Haiti. People wishing to donate to this relief effort can either donate their own gently used shoes or give monetarily. In a capital city that is now filled with enormous amounts of debris and rubble, suitable shoes are necessary for the people of Haiti.
- Grab a cup of coffee…and make a donation
Starbucks has donated over one million dollars to relief efforts in Haiti and are now making it simple for their customers to do the same. Starting today, Starbucks patrons will be able to make a donation at store registers to benefit the Red Cross Haitian Relief efforts. No purchase is necessary to make a donation at all Starbucks locations.
- Set up an old fashioned lemonade stand.
Children can help raise money as well. Take a moment to discuss the events that have transpired in Haiti and then brainstorm ways the family can help. Children can raise money by hosting lemonade stands or by having a car wash. Children can also help by writing letters to the children of Haiti and by participating in a clothing drive. Do not underestimate the power of a child and the gifts they have to give, especially in a time of global crisis.
Do you have a way others can help out in the relief efforts taking part in Haiti? Please leave a comment and share with others.