Wednesday, January 13, 2010

RED CROSS RELIEF: you can help!

Everyone has heard about the disaster that has consumed the Island country of Haiti. The situation there was dire before the earthquake hit Tuesday. Now, with the death toll mounting and the sense of desperation setting in, people around the world are finally paying attention. Rescue efforts will come from the US and numerous UN affiliates as the next few days offer a clearer assessment of the losses, but there is something you can do.

While watching Larry King CNN, I heard Ben Stiller mention a phone number with an avenue for ordinary people like us to make a small donation. Just text the word HAITI to the number 90999 and $10 will be transferred to the Red Cross from your phone bill.

This simple task has already yielded a few million dollars toward the relief.
The regular network news programs and most of the 24 hour cable news programs have kept up-to-the-minute reporting on the situation. That is, all but one, and even that one has picked up the coverage since day two.

I expect everyone of all philosophies to make the effort to donate in some form, because what you've seen on TV so far, is only going to get worse.

*1/15 Update: Rescue efforts are just making initial impact, the amount donated through the text method has surpassed $10 Million and now ALL news channels have comparable Haiti coverage. Nice


bd said...


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i also find the level of your posters above all the others, too -

no mis-spellings, better grammar & a higher intellect & level of discussion here,

it reflects on the blog's owner very well.

Thank-You for raising the level of political discussion,


Anonymous said...

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Like bd, I also thank you for these posts.

As you get more committee time invested, Im sure you'll be bringing us the inside perspective of county workings much like you did with the city committees.

Carry on.

Anonymous said...

The amount raised through this and the Yele' phone number has passed $6million in 50 hours. Amazing. One prominent radio personality actually urged the public to stop the fundraising which pushed the numbers up even more. I love it when a plan comes together.

Anonymous said...

There has been a IRS investigation into the Yele Foundation (wyclefJean). Not sure if I want to contribute to that charity based on the report in the Daily Freeman. Will send my dollars to the American Red Cross or Doctors without Borders. If by the radio personality you mean Rush Limbaugh I wouldn't even pay attention to him. Never have but I am wondering if his words might have been taken out of context by critics. What I find offensive is the comments by Pat Robinson.