What Can We Do?

Wow. I just now had the chance to catch up on some blogs I read and I am so amazed at the ladies in the blogosphere! Hundreds are donating money and asking readers to leave comments and/or links and they will donate more (see Money Saving Mom). I’m very impressed with the testimonies and what people are sacrificing in order to help the Haitians.

And I, personally am challenged, too. The Writer and I have been praying for the people in Haiti and had said we wanted to give, but had not set an amount yet. I read where some were giving the money they are saving by participating in this months Pantry Challenge.

As soon as I read this, the idea took hold in my heart, even though I had great plans for the savings (see here about what we hoped to do with the money we saved by shopping less this month). Although my original estimate hasn’t been what I’d hoped, we are still on target to save $100.

So *gulp* we will send our $100 floor-fund to Haiti to help them put roofs over their heads because, after all, we still have floors. Our children are also donating their work-for-pay money from this month (it will probably be around $20 each).

We are choosing to send our donation to Samaritan’s Purse, an organization we are familiar with (they sponsor the Christmas Shoe boxes we do each year). Samaritan’s Purse is a Christian organization committed to providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Samaritan’s Purse is in Haiti now working with local hospitals and missionaries to provide clean water, temporary shelter, hygiene equipment and medical supplies.

And, in the spirit of the amazing ladies in blogland I, too, will donate an additional .25 for every comment left here between now and January 21st, so please comment, especially if you are giving, too.

And we’ll see what great things can happen when we band together.

-Jami

P.S. Sadly, there are a lot of scams out there, so I would encourage you to give to reputable organizations like Samaritan’s Purse . Others include The Red Cross , The Salvation Army and Compassion International. Please do research before you give.

     


 


  

Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    I think it is truly wonderful that you are using your blog for such a great cause!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thats great what you are doing, I forgot to check out Samaritans purse to see what they are doing. I like Compassion and Doctors without Boarders, oh and also Shoes for Souls.

    Erika

  3. The Catholic school I work for is donating through the Xaverian Brothers Society (our sponsors). It is also a reputable group. I think it’s wonderful what you’re doing.

  4. Great idea sending your Pantry Challenge savings. My kids and I are brainstorming for ideas as well.

    Blessings,
    Courtney

  5. amazed by the giving going on here! thanks for making a donation; i sent mine via text (which was really cool!)

  6. That is great, we are trying to decide as a family what to do right now. Our church is collecting donations this Sunday so we will give then.

  7. Sarah - Dove Chocolate Discoveries says:

    Shop for Valentine’s Day and help the people of Haiti. For every Valentine’s Dessert Collection I sell between now and Jan. 25th, I will donate $10 (my commission) to the Red Cross for Haiti.
    http://www.dove-chocolate-discoveries.com/sites/thechocolatemom

  8. I donated to World Vision and am going to donate elsewhere too. I did a little research on a few charities, seeing where they spend their money (fundraising, administrative, etc) if you want to see: http://blog.joelandlauren.com

  9. Thank you for what you are doing; I know that you are blessing those that are suffering the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti. Being inspired by you and all of the other Help for Haiti bloggers, I am giving $100 to Doctors without Borders, which the kind folks at :http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/index.php are matching. Matching donations really helps, and consequently, I wrote my last post about where people can find people who are willing to match their donations (its being done by people other than just employers), donate to auctions, volunteer, donate airline miles and cell phones and gadgets, attend benefits, and more. So even if you can’t give very much there are ways to stretch that amount. And that is what I am trying to do. My next post will contain updates and even more places that let people get involved; and I hope to start my own donation for a link/comment challenge; but it will take a couple days for me to finish this post. http://thescholarshipblog.blogspot.com/
    Again, thank you.

  10. Jami @An Oregon Cottage says:

    Thanks everyone for commenting, though I sure wish more had…

    Prizeisright- Great idea! I will be stopping by to see the post.

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