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Helping Haiti - Support The Earthquake Victims

After traveling all day yesterday, I  woke up with my plane touching down in Houston only to find out that Haiti had been leveled by an earthquake. During my 3 hour layover, I sought to read all the news I could get my hands on, only to be repeatedly shocked by what I read and saw. A death toll possibly into the hundreds of thousands, giant buildings destroyed, and a country on the brink of a humanitarian disaster. I searched online for ways to help, and found a few organizations on the ground. I tried to draw attention via TwitCause to them with the hopes that people would make a donation or contribute in some manner.  

What really grabbed me about Haiti is that it's a country already severely ravaged by poverty and ill-fortune. My dad was part of the mission that helped set up the UN peacekeeping force there and described Haiti as the poorest country he's ever been to (and he's been to some fairly poor places in Africa and Asia). So, just imagine, this country whose people have been working hard to get their nation back on its feet is all-of-a-sudden hit with the worst of natural disasters. The poor infrastructure, medical and rescue capabilities of course don't stand a chance. It'll only be with the immediate help of nations around the world, and of their people, that we'll be able to prevent a terrible situation from getting even worse. If you're still thinking about how to help, stop thinking and act now.

In support of the victims in Haiti, we're trying to do our part. This week's TwitCause will be dedicated to helping the Red Cross raise money for their rescue efforts as well as for spreading the message of how we can all help. Here on EP, we ask you to spread the word to your friends and consider making a donation. Join our group here and share your story. Post a link to this story on your blog, website, Facebook, or Twitter.

We're encouraging you to donate to the Red Cross, which you can do here: http://bit.ly/8kl54a

If you want to help spread the word, consider joining us at TwitCause as a TwitCause Star here: bit.ly/TCStar and join our fan page on Facebook here: http://bit.ly/8eNq8P

Here are a few other ways to support:

1. Donate to Oxfam: http://bit.ly/6n2HqB

2. Text "HAITI" to "90999" to donate $10 to the Red Cross

3. Text "Yele" to 501501 to donate $5 to Yele Haiti

4. Donate to Partners in Health http://bit.ly/5BDuc1

5. Donate to Doctors Without Borders: http://bit.ly/6iHw83

EPJulio EPJulio 26-30, M 25 Responses Jan 13, 2010

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Hi everyone, my name is Adam, and as a songwriter, I'm trying to do my own small part to help Haiti through my music, but I could really use your help if you are willing to contribute a few minutes of your time.<br />
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I wrote a song called "Lifeworld," which I've entered into the Playlist 7 competition. My goal is to get into the Top 7 with the most downloads so that I can donate prize money to the Haiti relief effort (specifically, to the Red Cross or Worldvision, I haven't decided which yet).<br />
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The people of Haiti need our help desperately, and if you want to help, all you have to do is download "Adam Pearson - Lifeworld" from this link: http://www.reverbnation.com/playlist7?artist_id=350689 <br />
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(click "Download," "Become a Fan," and then click "Download" one more time and you'll have done your part.)<br />
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Please help me, friends... this is an easy, little way to make a big difference for the lives of many individuals. I really want to help and am doing the best I can, but I can't do this alone. The competition ends on Sunday (the 23rd).<br />
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Thank you, sincerely,<br />
Adam

Compassion: sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it<br />
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Empathy: understanding of another's feelings: the ability to identify with and understand somebody else's feelings or difficulties<br />
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Sympathy: sorrow for another's pain: the feeling or ex<x>pression of pity or sorrow for the pain or distress of somebody <br />
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Evil: morally bad: profoundly immoral or wrong; harmful: deliberately causing great harm, pain, or upset; malicious: characterized by a desire to cause hurt or harm<br />
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Which one defines you?

I donated through the RedCross..<br />
As for the unfortunate comments of those who have never felt hunger or thirst or catastrophe to this scale and yet were unfeeling in their crass comments I would say this:<br />
When it is time for you to be in this kind of situation when all is hopeless and there seems to be nowhere to turn , I hope someone will stoop down and offer you food, water and comfort.<br />
By doing this maybe you will learn a lesson of compassion

Another way I've found to support Haiti is to shop businesses that have pledged support or may be taking donations. Along with your cappuchino, have them ring up a side of compassion.

No worries; I don't take much of anything to heart.<br />
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Then we'll agree to disagree. I still stand by that it's a waste, but if you want to throw your money at some country we didn't give **** for a week ago, then by all means, go for it.

Racist? Woah, there, Love. I am the most open-minded person you will ever find. There's no way it's racism. Look at my words before you go all whacko on me. Born a Southerner, raised a Northerner, which is probably why I'm so Liberal... too liberal actually... even the Liberals would think I'm too liberal. Congratulations Britian. Really, if it makes you feel better, that's great. But I still say that it's dumb that everyone is helping out and making such a big deal about it. And I believe it is fair to say that you are being extremely judgmental. Not all of America is like me... in fact, hardly any of it is. And you Britians aren't without your own people like me. I happen to have a friend, here on EP, from Britian, that holds similar views. Would it then be fair for me to say that Britian is just like America? I don't think so.<br />
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If you would laugh if it happened to me and kicked me while I was down, then you are worse then me. I wouldn't go over to this country and make it worse on them, but I'm not about to go out of my way to help them either. We have plenty of our own issues in America. I'm sure Britian has plenty of their own issues as well, which makes it completely stupid that they're doing so much for these people. It's none of our business. People need to learn how to stand on their own two feet, without expecting others to rush off to their rescue.<br />
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Again, I'm an open-minded person and I don't hate anyone. I don't even believe there is such thing as "hate." Anger and an incapability to let things go, maybe, but not hate.<br />
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Yoyo: Even so, it is not our problem, so we have no need to make it ours. <br />
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Could've, should've, would've. Yes, well, you may feel that way, but the fact of the matter is that it didn't happen to me, so you're going to have to get over that. If it had happened to me, then yes, it would have been unfortunate for me, but hey I'll take as much of a decrease as I can get. ;D

I am bothered that the links to organizations that should be supported go through something called twitcause. The direct links to Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, etc., should have been put there directly.... I have never heard of twitcause and would never use a link where I do not know what the point is. Looks like Twitcause is getting something out of this. Anyway, I connected directly to Doctors Without Borders the day of the earthquake.

edit: my comment goes to all of u son-of-a-b1cth3s who are saying ur glad they died. @XCrevolution: if the world needs a population decrease, it should be of M**HER F**KING Sh1T FACE B*STARDS like you.

@barkat:<br />
If something like that happened here, people could go to homeless shelters, steal food, and have somewhere to stay. In Haiti they can't even steal food because there's NO WHERE TO STEAL FROM. America has many problems but they can't even compare to the problems over there. <br />
YOU ARE A F**KING SELFISH BASTARD. ENOUGH SAID.

Kat86: I'm with you. <br />
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The earth needs a population decrease anyway. Yeah, sure, it's unfortunate for them that this happened, but we have plenty of financial issues in America, without having to help some other country. Besides, they'll be better off if they stand on their own two feet without good ol' mother fncking America to aide them. It'll make them a stronger country as united people. And if not, oh well. It isn't our problem and shouldn't be made our problem. Don't get me wrong, I don't give one darn for anyone, but myself, but it makes more sense to me that we stop worrying about things that have nothing to do with us and are none of our business and start focusing on our own problems.

Duchess...that's legit email. It's from President Obama's organization. I get those emails regularly.<br />
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As for barkat...just ignore her comments. She sounds like a Rush Limbaugh 'Ditto Head'. Either that or the true sense of ignorance trying to get a rise out of sane people. Not worth our energy responding back to her.<br />
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EPJulio listed some good charities. Basically the rule of thumb is use a charity that you trust. It really doesn't matter who you use...they are all going to be helping.

Pray for these people, God be with them. D:

All of my thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti.

Thanks and peace, Bro. I donated to Oxfam and will do that on a regular basis.

This Haitian tragedy is so heartbreaking. The organization I trust the most, that will not squander the money received, is the Salvation Army International. They have schools and medical centers there and have been an ongoing presence in Haiti. Do what you think is best and pray for the people of Haiti and all those who are going there to minister to them.

thanks for the story epjulio*

Couldn't be simpler to donate than a quick text for the price of a latte. Thanks for the links!

I donated through this group: www.uusc.org/

@EPJulio, I applaud your efforts and empathy and hope that others will follow suit in the rally.<br />
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@BarKat86, to ignore the fate of anyone left at the mercy of the elements, hunger and life altering events in my mind is truly a sad statement to make of one claiming to be empathetic and caring. I'm sure that given the circumstances, situations and the full picture and magnitude of each and every story, we can find someone in each country asking the same exact question you pose about where they live as well. So in light of that, I am certain there are people already deciding how to divide the kindness and charity as best they can!

BarKat86, are you f ucking serious?<br />
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We all know America has problems, but that doesn't mean other countries don't have them too, or that the US's problems take priority over tragedies like these. <br />
So in the name of the 50,000 estimated to have died in the earthquake, SHUT THE F UCK UP.

Thanks for the info. Peace! :)

THANK YOU EPJulio! TAKE CARE!!!

ill do wat i cn i told sum ppl on other sites 2 n theysaid theyd help 2

Thank You EP Julio.

Thanks, EPJulio. I will do all I can to follow your suggestions. The EP and broader online communities can do a lot to help.