Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Another tragedy in Haiti

Poor Haiti. The island must be cursed. Yet it is heartbreaking to see and hear about the latest tragedy. Such complete devastation...

As soon as I heard that a 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti, I knew that thousands would die...perhaps tens of thousands.

At least technology is enabling faster response. Upon hearing that I could send a text message to donate to the Red Cross relief effort I did so immediately! (my first text message ever) I know that one has to be wary of scams at exactly times like this, when people universally let their guard down. Which is why I am gratified that the US Dept. of State posts this information on their website:

"For those interested in helping immediately, simply text "HAITI" to "90999" and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill. "

And kudos to the Red Cross and the wireless foundation (or whoever it was) that came up with this simple way to help. Do other organizations take/accept donations this way?


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