As the situation in Haiti unfolds and we watch horrified, amongst the rubble and ruins, there is hope to be found. Not immediately obvious, and certainly not without great cost, from tragedy humanity is once again born. In the wake of hundreds of thousands of people perishing and millions becoming displaced, people all over the world have joined to help raise money to help aid this stricken nation.
Various establishments, schools, and churches throughout Atlantic County have taken up financial collections for the devastated country. Galloway Township Middle School is hosting a “Hats for Haiti Day” where children donate one dollar to Haiti and in turn get to wear a hat for the day in a show of support. At the Church of the Assumption in Galloway Township prayers are offered for one of their parish priests who hales from the tiny nation and who’s family has been affected by the disaster.
Thousands from all over the globe converge on Haiti itself to offer hands on help. Efforts to distribute food and medicine sometimes seem futile, yet volunteers continue to make every effort to reach the people in need.
In a time of our own country’s economic trials we as Americans reach into our pockets and extend our hands to help those we’ve never met. A prayer, a monetary gift, a donation of blood to the Red Cross all given in tremendous acts of kindness and friendship. Children brought to the United States from orphanages in Haiti and adopted by loving Americans extending their homes and hearts.
Friendship has once again expanded across cultural, economic, and geographical boundaries. As evidenced by former Presidents Bush and Clinton, who have joined together to campaign for Haiti, people can put their differences aside and form a friendship for the greater good when prompted by simple human decency.
Another form of friendship is being witnessed as a result of Haiti’s plight. Not long lasting bonds, but quick and intense moments of friendship and generosity. Extended with no expectation of reciprocation. Simple and pure friendship at it’s finest. An example of how friendship should always be given.
Disasters and tragedies, as horrifying as they are, bring out the inherent goodness in people. In memory of those who lost their lives in Haiti, and out of respect for those who struggle to survive, let us remember how fragile life is and how very easy it is to be a caring and giving human being and friend.
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