I (like most of you) have been watching the news coverage on Haiti with sadness and horror. As I watched Anderson Cooper on CNN last night, I was struck by something he said that made the urgency of the situation in Haiti very clear to me when he compared it to the 2004 tsunami.
Basically, victims of the tsunami either survived or they didn’t, and most people who survived weren’t severely injured. The biggest challenge at that time was getting food and water to the survivors.
With the Haiti earthquake, people have been trapped in rubble for days and time is of the essence if they are to have any chances of surviving. Medical supplies, construction equipment (such as heavy loaders and chainsaws to break through the rubble), antibiotics, etc. – everything is in short supply and people continue to die every day because rescuers and medical professionals can’t get to them in time.
I wanted to share a few great fundraisers I’ve chosen to contribute to whose proceeds are going to charities actively working in Haiti.
The first is Shop for the Cause 2, organized by nathalie-roze & co.:
I’ve donated several of my handmade books as well as other household items – if you’re in Toronto this coming Saturday, please be sure to stop by. Just click on the banner for more info.
If you’re a music-lover like me, consider making a donation to Songs for Haiti, organized by Paste Magazine:
A huge array of artists (including Ludacris, Hanson, Switchfoot, Kevin Barnes (from Of Montreal), Andrew Bird, Bruce Cockburn, Arrested Development, Ben Folds, Cowboy Junkies, Emmylou Harris, Indigo Girls, Josh Ritter, Matthew Sweet, Of Montreal, She & Him, The Avett Brothers, The Decemberists, The Jayhawks, and The Low Anthem – to name but a few) have donated MP3s (many unreleased) for Paste Magazine to give everyone who donates to help Haiti. Even more amazing – Paste will let you download these songs even if you’ve already donated to another charity. You just need to let them know and they’ll give you access to their songs based on the honour system. How awesome is that?