Tip of the Week – How to Help in Haiti!
It is impossible to miss the tragic news footage depicting the earthquake devastation in Haiti, a country already struggling with extreme poverty. But is it possible to help the earthquake victims from our homes? Yes – and in so many ways!
While making a monetary donation may not feel quite the same as “hands on” volunteering, money is what is most greatly needed! Here is a link to ten relief organizations that are recommended by The Huffington Post: 10 Top Ways to Donate to Relief Efforts in Haiti
Assemble Health Kits
This would be a great project for scout troops or youth groups! Health Kits are one gallon zip lock bags filled with: a hand towel, wash cloth, comb, nail file, soap and a few other items. The kits are being collected by the United Methodist Church and can be dropped off at any Methodist Church or mailed to one of their collection locations. See UMCOR: United Methodist Committee of Relief.
Gather Gently Used Shoes
Whether you just clean out the closets in your own home or organize a community wide drive, Soles 4 Souls is an agency dedicated to collecting gently used foot wear for men, women and children around the world, but especially in Haiti right now. If you are looking for a way to involve your children in caring for the children of Haiti, this is a wonderful option.
Patronize Online Businesses Who Will Donate
There are many online retailers who are donating to Haiti relief agencies for each purchase made. For example, one of our favorite affiliates, Birthday in a Box, is donating $2 to Habitat for Humanity for each order placed!