I’m sure by now you have seen the horrifying images of the devastation in Haiti that has left thousands of people killed and injured, in a country that was already incredibly poor and struggling. My b*tching about the snow and my lack of rubbish collection and having cabin fever (cough cough) paled into insignificance when I heard the news. With family and friends either living or holidaying out in the Caribbean at the moment, the aftershocks from the 7.0 on the Richter scale quake could be felt even as far Jamaica (over 300 miles away) where my own family are from, but even without aftershocks, the whole world is feeling the plight of these people. If you haven’t donated yet, no donation is too small – in fact, there is no such thing as ‘small’.
I know that bloggers all over the world are reaching out to their readers so that we can all try to help increase the contributions and continue to spread awareness about the methods to do so.
There are a few options for making a donation:
The Disaster Emergency Committee raises funds when an international humanitarian effort is needed for disasters of the magnitude experienced in Haiti. Consisting of a number of charities including the British Red Cross, Oxfam, Save the Children, and Cafod, you can donate £5 via text message by texting GIVE to 70077. You can also donate online and include gift aid (every pound you donate, they can claim an additional 28p).
I know many of you are on Paypal and you can donate via Oxfam with Paypal – this may be a great option if like me and a number of others, you had your bank decline the donation as they thought it was fraud – apparently card thieves make small donations to test to see if the card works.
A number of parent bloggers have set up their own ‘Bloggers for Haiti’ JustGiving page and have (at time of writing this) raised over £2K for ShelterBox. They’d originally set out to raise enough for one, which includes a ten person tent, stuff to occupy kids, survival equipment, a wood burning/multi-fuel stove, and items for self-sufficiency like tools.
You can also donate via The British Red Cross.
image via Oxfam