Help for Haiti – Simple Typing to Raise Awareness & Money

Posted on Jan 16, 2010 in Personal | 83 Comments

Help for Haiti: Learn What You Can Do

I’ve decided to reapply this blog post from Anna Smith at The Penny Sophisticate to help do my family’s part in helping out the poor families in Haiti that have been rocked by the earthquake. She has decided to donate $0.50 for every comment that is left on a blog post similar to this one. I will do the same – for every comment left here, I will donate $0.50 to the Red Cross to help the rescue and repair efforts in Haiti. Somehow I don’t feel like that is enough, but it is something.

I have to embarassingly admit that I have steered clear of almost all of the news and pictures on the subject. An occcasional Facebook post or tweet has passed my eyes, but I quickly move on, scared to catch a glimpse of a sad story that will instill a fear that I could lose people I love or my own life that easily. I just can’t bear it. It’s kind of like when the commercials for the abused animals or hungry children come on. I hurry up and change the channel. I realize that this is not noble, but it’s true of me. I’m embarassed about this because it is a choice. The people living in or visiting Haiti didn’t have a choice, and they never will. The devastation they have faced will be with them forever. What a spoiled person I am.

But I can help. My family has the funds to assist in the efforts to save lives there, and I do care even if I can’t bear to read about it or look at pictures of it. So please leave comments – many, many comments – and together we’ll help restore some semblance of life and community in Haiti. Thank you.

Update (1/20/10)

I’ve actually decided to redirect my donations from this post to Heartland Alliance. Here is a statement about this organization:

“Heartland Alliance advances the human rights and responds to the human needs of endangered populations–particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced–through the provision of comprehensive and respectful services and the promotion of permanent solutions leading to a more just global society.”

Much of my network in Chicago is banding together for “Helping in the Wake of the Quake”, a benefit to take place downtown next week. The proceeds are going to Heartland Alliance, who has sent a team of staff and volunteers to Haiti to establish long-term services for survivors of the country’s devastating earthquake. Since I cannot be at this benefit in person, I am choosing to donate to the cause directly.

To all who have commented thus far, THANK YOU!!!! I really appreciate your support!

And yes, I am also donating $0.50 for every comment I wrote myself =)

  • http://twitter.com/CoolLikeYourMom Monica

    Hi Heather,

    Just wanted to toss in my 2 cents so you can toss in $0.50 for Haiti. ;) It is brave of you to admit what many feel but would never (ever) say, much less put in writing.

    Thank you for doing this. May your efforts be blessed exponentially!

    Many Smiles,
    Monica

  • http://twitter.com/CoolLikeYourMom Monica

    Hi Heather,

    Just wanted to toss in my 2 cents so you can toss in $0.50 for Haiti. ;) It is brave of you to admit what many feel but would never (ever) say, much less put in writing.

    Thank you for doing this. May your efforts be blessed exponentially!

    Many Smiles,
    Monica

  • Dawn Suchy

    What a wonderful world this would be if we all had as much drive and compassion as you Heather! Nothing fake about you. You are what you are, you think what you think, and you always turn it into something positive!

  • Dawn Suchy

    What a wonderful world this would be if we all had as much drive and compassion as you Heather! Nothing fake about you. You are what you are, you think what you think, and you always turn it into something positive!

  • http://heatheracton.com/ heatheracton

    Thanks, Mommy =) You made me this way!

  • http://heatheracton.com/ heatheracton

    Thank you, Monica!!!!

  • http://heatheracton.com heatheracton

    Thanks, Mommy =) You made me this way!

  • http://heatheracton.com heatheracton

    Thank you, Monica!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/terilg Teri

    Ok Heather, here’s a comment so you can help the people of Haiti. I”ve been watching too much cable news TV, and luckily getting inspired by the good news coming out of there, the people that ARE being able to be rescued, even this late in the game. It’s hard for me to imagine just how difficult it is to be there given the cushy lives and standard of living we have in this country. I’m doing what I can to help from here; glad you are too.

  • http://twitter.com/terilg Teri

    Ok Heather, here’s a comment so you can help the people of Haiti. I”ve been watching too much cable news TV, and luckily getting inspired by the good news coming out of there, the people that ARE being able to be rescued, even this late in the game. It’s hard for me to imagine just how difficult it is to be there given the cushy lives and standard of living we have in this country. I’m doing what I can to help from here; glad you are too.

  • http://heatheracton.com/ heatheracton

    Thanks, Teri – I did see your post yesterday on FB from the Reuter’s guy, and while this may not be the most effective way to help Haiti, it is a way that people identify with and feel comfortable with. The Red Cross’s reputation makes it a very safe place to donate, and so that’s where I am choosing to put my dollars. Thanks so much =) I really appreciate it!

  • http://heatheracton.com heatheracton

    Thanks, Teri – I did see your post yesterday on FB from the Reuter’s guy, and while this may not be the most effective way to help Haiti, it is a way that people identify with and feel comfortable with. The Red Cross’s reputation makes it a very safe place to donate, and so that’s where I am choosing to put my dollars. Thanks so much =) I really appreciate it!

  • Mona Day

    It was certainly a terrible tragedy. I hope my little bit can help.

  • http://Facebook Mona Day

    It was certainly a terrible tragedy. I hope my little bit can help.

  • http://heatheracton.com/ heatheracton

    Thank you, Mona!!!

  • http://heatheracton.com heatheracton

    Thank you, Mona!!!

  • Debbie Davis

    My heart goes out to those in Haiti living with so much tragedy and uncertainty. You’re awesome Heather!!!

  • Debbie Davis

    My heart goes out to those in Haiti living with so much tragedy and uncertainty. You’re awesome Heather!!!

  • http://heatheracton.com/ heatheracton

    Thank you, Lil’ Auntie!

  • http://heatheracton.com heatheracton

    Thank you, Lil’ Auntie!

  • Tommy

    Very cool Heath. Those people need all of the help they can get.

    But what if I write ONE MILLION comments? :)

  • Tommy

    Very cool Heath. Those people need all of the help they can get.

    But what if I write ONE MILLION comments? :)

  • Diana Booth

    Heather you’re awesome! I can’t even watch the news about Haiti without a tear in my eye. It is heart-wrenching to watch the reports on TV. The many humanitarian acts gives me so much faith in those willing to go and help these people.

  • Diana Booth

    Heather you’re awesome! I can’t even watch the news about Haiti without a tear in my eye. It is heart-wrenching to watch the reports on TV. The many humanitarian acts gives me so much faith in those willing to go and help these people.

  • Cyd

    thank you Heather, for keeping people aware and reminding me there are families in Haiti that need our love prayers compassion and gifts.

  • Cyd

    thank you Heather, for keeping people aware and reminding me there are families in Haiti that need our love prayers compassion and gifts.

  • jim and judie thompson

    Hey Heather – Thanks for doing this. I sent what is below here to my immediate family last week. The donations need to keep coming in – in whatever form.
    love ya, Judie and Jim
    Please remember – no matter what your current affiliation is with the United Methodist Church – UMCOR is still THE way to donate. Please read below and remember that when FIMA made such a disaster in New Orleans it was UMCOR that was called in to run “on the street” operations because of their proven track record.

    …… go to the website, you will find that the UMC has been involved with Haiti through Missionary support for a very long time. UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief uses 100% of donations toward whatever disaster you choose it to go to. The administrative costs to make these things happen come out of the UMC pocketbook.(our apportionments) So if you donate to UMCOR and earmark it HAITI…that is where 100% of it goes. Even the Red Cross cannot guarantee that.

    .

  • jim and judie thompson

    Hey Heather – Thanks for doing this. I sent what is below here to my immediate family last week. The donations need to keep coming in – in whatever form.
    love ya, Judie and Jim
    Please remember – no matter what your current affiliation is with the United Methodist Church – UMCOR is still THE way to donate. Please read below and remember that when FIMA made such a disaster in New Orleans it was UMCOR that was called in to run “on the street” operations because of their proven track record.

    …… go to the website, you will find that the UMC has been involved with Haiti through Missionary support for a very long time. UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief uses 100% of donations toward whatever disaster you choose it to go to. The administrative costs to make these things happen come out of the UMC pocketbook.(our apportionments) So if you donate to UMCOR and earmark it HAITI…that is where 100% of it goes. Even the Red Cross cannot guarantee that.

    .

  • Mary Lyon

    WOW!! Heather
    You are so awesome to do this.
    Hope more people are inspired to help
    like you are.I know I will.
    I’m so glad Debbie shared your blog with me.

  • Mary Lyon

    WOW!! Heather
    You are so awesome to do this.
    Hope more people are inspired to help
    like you are.I know I will.
    I’m so glad Debbie shared your blog with me.

  • http://heatheracton.com/ heatheracton

    Thank you, Mary! I really appreciate the support!!!

  • http://heatheracton.com heatheracton

    Thank you, Mary! I really appreciate the support!!!

  • http://heatheracton.com/ heatheracton

    Thanks Judie and Jim! I will take those tips into account. The Red Cross is always a very easy way to donate, but I will look into UMCOR also.

  • http://heatheracton.com/ heatheracton

    Thanks, Cyd, for helping in my effort!

  • http://heatheracton.com heatheracton

    Thanks Judie and Jim! I will take those tips into account. The Red Cross is always a very easy way to donate, but I will look into UMCOR also.

  • http://heatheracton.com heatheracton

    Thanks, Cyd, for helping in my effort!

  • http://heatheracton.com/ heatheracton

    Thanks, Diana – you are awesome for helping me out! I appreciate it!

  • http://heatheracton.com/ heatheracton

    If you write 1,000,000 comments I will go to Haiti myself to help (as I do not have access to $500,000…) =)

  • http://heatheracton.com heatheracton

    Thanks, Diana – you are awesome for helping me out! I appreciate it!

  • http://heatheracton.com heatheracton

    If you write 1,000,000 comments I will go to Haiti myself to help (as I do not have access to $500,000…) =)

  • http://www.PennySophisticate.com/ Anna – Penny Sophisticate

    Yea, Heather! Thanks for doing this!

  • http://www.PennySophisticate.com Anna – Penny Sophisticate

    Yea, Heather! Thanks for doing this!

  • http://comcast.net/ Marianne Finlay

    Heather , what you are doing is wonderful. There is nothing more painful to watch than innocent children suffering-what you and so many others are doing, will help lessen the pain the children there are suffering.

  • http://comcast.net Marianne Finlay

    Heather , what you are doing is wonderful. There is nothing more painful to watch than innocent children suffering-what you and so many others are doing, will help lessen the pain the children there are suffering.

  • http://heatheracton.com/ heatheracton

    Thank you, Marianne!

  • http://heatheracton.com heatheracton

    Thank you, Marianne!

  • Vanessa

    Hi Heather. What a great way to help! I understand how you feel-it is truly terrible what those people have and continue to go through. I cant even imagine! Thanks for helping.

  • Vanessa

    Hi Heather. What a great way to help! I understand how you feel-it is truly terrible what those people have and continue to go through. I cant even imagine! Thanks for helping.

  • Vanessa

    Hi Heather. What a great way to help! I understand how you feel-it is truly terrible what those people have and continue to go through. I cant even imagine! Thanks for helping.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you, Vanessa! I appreciate the support!

  • Anonymous

    What you’re doing is awesome Heather :)
    Love ya cuz!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, Ash, for your comment! We are all pretty awesome in our family, aren’t we? =) Love you too!

  • heatheracton

    Thank you, Vanessa! I appreciate the support!

  • heatheracton

    Thank you, Vanessa! I appreciate the support!

  • gomermoe121

    What you're doing is awesome Heather :)
    Love ya cuz!

  • gomermoe121

    What you're doing is awesome Heather :)
    Love ya cuz!

  • heatheracton

    Thanks, Ash, for your comment! We are all pretty awesome in our family, aren't we? =) Love you too!

  • heatheracton

    Thanks, Ash, for your comment! We are all pretty awesome in our family, aren't we? =) Love you too!

  • Jenna

    Heather!

    What an awesome idea! Love it!

  • Jenna

    Heather,

    What a great idea! Love it!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, Jenna! And I’ll donate $1 from your 2 comments =)

  • Angie Davis

    Hi Heather–Bless you for helping such an important cause. Tomorrow I will be volunteering in the Chicago Helps Haiti drive with the American Red Cross. I hope all that read your blogs understand that such a simple thing as typing in your blog is planting the seed of a new future for Haiti.

    As we all snuggle into our warm beds this evening after enjoying our dinner and knowing that all our family is safe—stop and say a prayer for the people of Haiti. For those who are still wearing the same clothes they were wearing over a week ago, for those who still haven’t had a ready made meal or drink, or for those who hold out hope that their loved one will be found alive. Pray that their prayers are answered.

    Bless you Heather!

  • Jenna

    Heather!

    What an awesome idea! Love it!

  • Jenna

    Heather!

    What an awesome idea! Love it!

  • Jenna

    Heather,

    What a great idea! Love it!

  • Jenna

    Heather,

    What a great idea! Love it!

  • heatheracton

    Thanks, Jenna! And I'll donate $1 from your 2 comments =)

  • heatheracton

    Thanks, Jenna! And I'll donate $1 from your 2 comments =)

  • Angie Davis

    Hi Heather–Bless you for helping such an important cause. Tomorrow I will be volunteering in the Chicago Helps Haiti drive with the American Red Cross. I hope all that read your blogs understand that such a simple thing as typing in your blog is planting the seed of a new future for Haiti.

    As we all snuggle into our warm beds this evening after enjoying our dinner and knowing that all our family is safe—stop and say a prayer for the people of Haiti. For those who are still wearing the same clothes they were wearing over a week ago, for those who still haven't had a ready made meal or drink, or for those who hold out hope that their loved one will be found alive. Pray that their prayers are answered.

    Bless you Heather!

  • Angie Davis

    Hi Heather–Bless you for helping such an important cause. Tomorrow I will be volunteering in the Chicago Helps Haiti drive with the American Red Cross. I hope all that read your blogs understand that such a simple thing as typing in your blog is planting the seed of a new future for Haiti.

    As we all snuggle into our warm beds this evening after enjoying our dinner and knowing that all our family is safe—stop and say a prayer for the people of Haiti. For those who are still wearing the same clothes they were wearing over a week ago, for those who still haven't had a ready made meal or drink, or for those who hold out hope that their loved one will be found alive. Pray that their prayers are answered.

    Bless you Heather!

  • http://marketmommy.blogspot.com/ Market Mommy

    Thank you for posting on Market Mommy and thank you for doing your part to help Haiti! Kudos to you!

  • http://twitter.com/millerra06 Rachel

    Thank you so much for your contributions to this effort! I hope to see a great turnout tonight!

  • http://marketmommy.blogspot.com/ Market Mommy

    Thank you for posting on Market Mommy and thank you for doing your part to help Haiti! Kudos to you!

  • http://marketmommy.blogspot.com/ Market Mommy

    Thank you for posting on Market Mommy and thank you for doing your part to help Haiti! Kudos to you!

  • http://twitter.com/millerra06 Rachel

    Thank you so much for your contributions to this effort! I hope to see a great turnout tonight!

  • http://twitter.com/millerra06 Rachel

    Thank you so much for your contributions to this effort! I hope to see a great turnout tonight!

  • http://twitter.com/farrah77 Farrah Hoehne

    Heather- thank you so much for taking the initiative and making a difference. This is a fabulous idea. I wish there were more people in the world like you :) Not only do we get a change to read a great blog but we also have an opportunity to do our part. Many thanks to you.

  • http://twitter.com/farrah77 Farrah Hoehne

    Heather- thank you so much for taking the initiative and making a difference. This is a fabulous idea. I wish there were more people in the world like you :) Not only do we get a change to read a great blog but we also have an opportunity to do our part. Many thanks to you.

  • http://twitter.com/farrah77 Farrah Hoehne

    Heather- thank you so much for taking the initiative and making a difference. This is a fabulous idea. I wish there were more people in the world like you :) Not only do we get a change to read a great blog but we also have an opportunity to do our part. Many thanks to you.

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  • http://newsfromthefront.wordpress.com/ Austin Hollis

    Hi Heather, great idea! and keep up the good work!

  • http://newsfromthefront.wordpress.com/ Austin Hollis

    Hi Heather, great idea! and keep up the good work!

  • http://newsfromthefront.wordpress.com/ Austin Hollis

    Hi Heather, great idea! and keep up the good work!