Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Haiti

I admit that I didn't even know that an earthquake had hit this little Caribbean country until two or three days after it happened (I don't have TV and I don't really read the papers anymore), but even then I felt no real inclination to help, although from what I've read over the past couple of days it appears that even those who have mobilized to help are having difficulties getting in because the US controls the airport and, well, they're holding things up considerably.

However.

I read on Saver Queen's blog yesterday and Frugal Dreamer's blog this morning about donations. Saver Queen has a link to CIDA, the governmental agency that assists internationally. They have promised to match any donation made through a registered charity (Red Cross, Salvation Army, etc.) up to $50 million. This caught my attention and then I read FD's blog a few minutes ago and she makes excellent points about the fact that we have more than enough and Haiti has nothing - and less now that a second earthquake has hit the region.

So I went straight to the Red Cross site and donated. I then went to WSPA and donated there, as well.

The reason I was hesitating? I just cleared most of my credit card and didn't want to rack it up again. Don't be (a ridiculous, selfish SOB) like me. Donate to Haiti. Give whatever you can, whatever you feel comfortable with. The Canadian government is matching donations. This doesn't happen often and makes your contribution that much greater.

I am safe, warm, employed, loved. I need to be grateful for these 'simple' things that are so taken for granted. I'm responsible for me being in debt (for buying 'stuff'), but the people of Haiti are not responsible for the earthquake that has levelled their country and devastated them.

I have to admit I'm not sure where this donation money will come from. I'll work it off I imagine. I have a secure job that pays me well and that I enjoy. That, for now, is enough.

4 comments:

Canadian Saver said...

I haven't donated yet, but will through ING I think, since you can do it through their website and they will match the donations too. And then the government will match the donation on top of that I think??? It's going to the Canadian Red Cross, which I like supporting.

Northern Living Allowance said...

Hi CS - I didn't realize that. What a great thing! :)

An ostrich named Sam said...

Tim Horton's has donation boxes set up for relief right now. I plan on donating money tomorrow ( its pay day). I decided to use my 10.00 allowance, plus my 20.00 grocery budget for Haiti.

Northern Living Allowance said...

Hi Sam - I haven't been into Tim's for about 6 weeks now...that's great that they're collecting as well.