This disaster has consumed everyone around me since the quake hit last night, which is obviously understandable. Out of Haiti's population of around nine million, they're saying about 2-3 million people could die as a result of the aftermath, and this could be a greater horror than the Sumatra tsunami (where about 1.3 million people died).
Whenever something like this happens, I always feel a sense of sadness, helplessness and smallness. A need to help. A need to mobilize, organize, share. Questions about why is this so awful, why is Haiti such a mess took over almost our entire staff meeting today.
Clearly, my coworkers and I are not alone. Already almost all of the trending topics on Twitter have reverted to some form of #HelpHaiti. There were two groups and numerous fan pages about relief and donations on Facebook at the time of this post.
Even my mom emailed me to say she was cleaning out her closet tonight to dig out any extra clothes and bedding to donate. She encouraged me to do the same, which I did through Discovery's employee Haiti relief fund.
My team put together a package on the disaster. View it here.
According to several news sources, the most vital thing these people need is money. Here's part of a widget I built for our articles for some places where you can go to help:
The American Red Cross is accepting donations by phone. You can text "HAITI" to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross's efforts, or call 1-800-Redcross or 1-800-257-7575. Visit their Web site to find out more.
Interaction, the largest coalition of U.S.-based NGOs focused on the world’s poor, has set up a Haiti relief donation page, listing several participating organizations where you can donate.
UNICEF is also accepting donations for the relief efforts in Haiti and the Caribbean region. Visit their Web site or call 1-800-4UNICEF to donate.
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