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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

heart of haiti how canadians can help out

Okay I have not posted on my blog about the earthquake that struck the small and impoverish island nation of Haiti because things like this always strike me emotionally and I have hard time watching or even discussing issues with such extreme human factors involved.

That being said however I'm posting this information piece on how Canadians can help with relief efforts which include: financial donations, food, clothing, water, blankets and supplies to aid the survivors facing the aftermath of the 7.0 earthquake that struck January 12, 2010

Every time you turn on the news you see pictures of the mass implosion that hit Haiti. Thousands are dead. Many have not even been found yet. Children have weeks without food which strikes a heart chord with me, and like with Katrina leaves me wondering how can I help?

Even if you have no money there are things you can do to help out with Haiti relief. Many churches in the Abbotsford and Fraser Valley surrounding areas need volunteers to box food and supplies.

You can donate food or clothing, tooth brushes, water and more through your local church, Salvation Army, Abbotsford and surrounding food banks and so forth.

But if you aren't sure where to go but wish to jump in and lend a hand. Here are a few links for you as our Canadian soldiers are being deployed daily to help with relief and peace keeping efforts in Haiti.

· Action Against Hunger Canada
· Adventist Development and Relief Agency
· B'nai Brith Canada
· Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and
· Canadian Red Cross
· Chalice
· Christian Children's Fund of Canada
· Health Partners International of Canada
· Médecins Sans Frontières Canada
  (Doctors Without Borders)
· Mennonite Central Committee
· Oxfam Canada
· Plan Canada
· Salvation Army in Canada
· UNICEF Canada
· United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Greater Toronto
· United Nations World Food Programme
· World Vision

You can text donations to these numbers below for those wishing to donate money to the cause:

Text Haiti to 45678 to donate $5 to the Salvation Army in Canada (Bell/Rogers).
Text Haiti to 85944 to donate $5 to Rescue Union Mission and MedCorp International.
Text Haiti to 25383 to donate $5 to the International Rescue Committee.
Text Haiti to 30333 to donate $5 to Plan Canada.
Text World to 45678 to donate $5 to World Vision.

One person can make a difference.  Many people can change the outlook of something like this not just in the way relief is provided but in lifting the human spirit and helping others hang onto hope during times of crisis...



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