January 14, 2010

Giving to Help Haiti - For Free

As most of you know by now an earthquake has leveled most of Port-au-Prince, Haiti (Haiti's capital city, population around 200,000), and has affected as many as About 3 million people -- one-third of Haiti's population.

It saddens my heart to hear of so many people who had so little to begin with just devastated by this tradgedy...and while "fun" isn't really the word to describe giving to help Haitian Relief, I will say it brought me joy to know I could do something to help. I gave to Mercy Corps, an organization I've been thinking about giving to for several years after it was sited by Charity Navigator as having one of the most affective and well-organized responses to relief for victims of Hurricane Katrina (yeah...why did I wait so long?).

But even if you don't have a cent to spare (which I know is the case for many people right now) there are ways you can help for free, and it only takes a minute of your time (seriously...maybe less that than.) Below are two places that also support Mercy Corps when you click (that's right, all you have to do is click on a link on their site - advertising on the page pays for the donation). Click the logos below to go there.

The Child Health Site . ..............The Hunger Site

The donations are just a few cents, and the clicks support several charities, not just Mercy Corps, but those pennies add up. I'm not sure if the funds earned for Mercy Corps through those site will specifically go to Haiti relief, BUT any funds going to this charity should help, since they free up more non-allocated funds to go to disaster relief. And it's quick and free, and you can click every day, so why not try it?

There's a list of more places to donate to help Haiti Relief on Charity Navigator. You can find more sites where you can click to support charity here.

Thanks as always to Loobylu for starting Hot or Now Wednessdays! Visit her Mr. Linky to see others who are participating.

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