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.
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.