Haiti: Everyone Can Do Something

Updated to say: Thank you so much to everyone who donated! Thanks to your participation, Giving Up on Perfect donated $15.00 this weekend. (I rounded up from $9.25 – numbers aren’t my thing, remember?!)

I had a great post scheduled for today (Friday). See, it’s National Delurking Week, so earlier this week, several bloggers asked their readers to step out from behind the computer screen and make a comment already. Just to say “hi.” Just to say “I’m here.”

I’m going to wait on that because I was asked (along with lots of other folks) to write about the work Compassion is doing in Haiti. So, come back next week for a fun, clever post. But please stay today for an important one.

Here’s the thing: I just can’t wrap my mind around what has happened in Haiti. My heart can’t fathom the pain that thousands are facing. Even after seeing the pictures, I can’t fathom the destruction and damage. I don’t know how to process any of it.

What I do know is that Compassion International has reacted immediately to this crisis. They were on the front lines of Haiti’s severe poverty before the earthquake, and they will serve in Haiti long after many of us have forgotten this tragedy.

I also know that according to CNN, the FBI is warning of several Haiti charity scams that have popped up in the wake of this earthquake. They are suggesting that donations only be made to organizations monitored and rated by CharityNavigator.org and The American Institute of Philanthropy. Both organizations have given Compassion International their highest approval ranking. Compassion International is the only non-profit in its category to receive eight consecutive years of four-star rating from CharityNavigator.org.

So, with all that in mind, I believe it’s safe to say that if you can help Haiti financially, your money will be well spent at Compassion.

Here’s how to give: Text “disaster” to 90999 to donate $10, or donate online. Just $35 can help provide a relief pack filled with enough food and water to sustain a family for one week.

I’ve seen a couple bloggers pledge to donate a certain amount of money per comment they get on their post about Haiti. That’s certainly one way to celebrate Delurking Week!

Earlier today, I donated to Compassion, And while I can’t pledge to donate hundreds more, I will donate a quarter for every comment to this post.

I know it’s not a lot. Maybe you can’t give a lot either. But together, I believe God will use our gifts (and our prayers!) to make a difference. So, please, leave a comment and tell me how you’ve decided to help Haiti.

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