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When Disaster Strikes People Need Help

It is difficult to imagine the horror being suffered in Haiti. A massive earthquake strikes, buildings are reduced to rubble, electricity is gone, running water is gone, phone service is gone. Your home is destroyed with all of your belongings, maybe some of your loved ones. You are alone, desperate as night falls … no food, no shelter and decimation all around you.

In 2004 an Indian Ocean tsunami hit Asia, killing 230,000 people in 14 countries. Can you even imagine what it might have been like to survive amidst that destruction, to wonder if help would come. Surrounded by the dead, the injured with the potential for further disease and hoping someone, anyone would help.

Disaster struck nearer to home in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina slammed into the gulf coast most particularly New Orleans. The aftermath has been discussed many times, the looting and destruction, the slow response from the US government and the lack of preparation for a city that was a time bomb waiting to go off. Some 1,800 plus people in the US lost their lives and more than $100 Billion of damage was done. Those survivors had those same feelings to cope with, is anyone coming? Am I going to die? How am I going to eat?

I have a good imagination, and modern communication together with past experiences gives us a glimpse of what it might be like. In some respects it is like watching reality TV … we see it, it evokes emotion but we are not experiencing it, so we don’t really know what its like. What we do know is that we don’t want to be there!

Charitable giving is a very personal thing, and we all have our favoured charities. We certainly can’t support every cause … but every now and then comes along a special circumstance. The people of Haiti need some help … are you going to do something? Anything? If we all gave a few dollars to the accredited agencies proving relief then we could make a difference.

Close your eyes, picture yourself on the road outside your home. Your family are safe but your home is destroyed. The road is destroyed, The shops are destroyed. There are dead and injured people in the buildings around you. There is no electricity, no water, no food, no shelter and night is coming. You would want someone to help … do something.


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2 thoughts on “When Disaster Strikes People Need Help

  1. You can even donate small amounts by texting on your phone!!! Here is how …

    In Canada, MGF is partnering with Rogers, Fido, Bell and Telus, enabling these carriers' customers to donate $5 – $10 per call, through MGF.

    For donations to Salvation Army Canada: text the word Haiti to 45678

    To donate $10 to the Red Cross in the U.S.: text Haiti to 90999

    To donate $5 to the International Rescue Committee: text Haiti to 25383

    To donate $5 to the rescue Union Mission and MedCorp International: text Haiti to 85944

    To donate $5 to the Yele Foundation: text the word Yele to 501501

    The Red Cross estimates about 45,000 to 50,000 people have died in the Haiti catastrophe.

  2. You can even donate small amounts by texting on your phone!!! Here is how …

    In Canada, MGF is partnering with Rogers, Fido, Bell and Telus, enabling these carriers' customers to donate $5 – $10 per call, through MGF.

    For donations to Salvation Army Canada: text the word Haiti to 45678

    To donate $10 to the Red Cross in the U.S.: text Haiti to 90999

    To donate $5 to the International Rescue Committee: text Haiti to 25383

    To donate $5 to the rescue Union Mission and MedCorp International: text Haiti to 85944

    To donate $5 to the Yele Foundation: text the word Yele to 501501

    The Red Cross estimates about 45,000 to 50,000 people have died in the Haiti catastrophe.

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