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Our Giving Makes Us Rich

What led up to the Call-To-Arms yesterday, on my social network.

During the wee hours on Wednesday, January 13th, while I twiddled my thumbs waiting for an email that didn't arrive until much later that morning, I switched the television set on and flipped through the channels. When nothing on HBO caught my attention, I tuned into a local channel to watch one of those mindless gossip shows that are telecasted in the middle of the night. What I saw was shocking and nothing to gossip about!

Earthquake in Haiti, 7.0 on the Richter scale! Haiti. I thought to myself ... "It's just a small island in the Caribbean, they're just getting over the hurricane season, and their country and people are so poor. OH NO!" The screen showed footage of horrific scenes and for a moment my mind couldn't digest the magnitude of what I was seeing. If I was having a hard time making this data compute, how horrible must it be to be someone having to live through the weight of it all? It was mind boggling, unbelievable and as my eyes filled with tears I went into high gear.

As I prayed fervent prayers for the victims and their departed family and friends, I called The Red Cross to donate a good but still modest amount, then I hurriedly grabbed some photographs from AP, wrote a blog post and provided a donation number along with a link to my appeal, I had issued to fellow members at BlogCatalog. Here is the link, if you care to read and see the unfolding of hours spent, steps taken, and posts written.

Eventually we linked to BloggersUnite in a combined effort to invite nonmembers to join in. We Tweeted, Facebooked, Emailed and talked to our neighbors, too. We managed to give a far-reaching helping hand. Here is their link:

There are those who cry, "I can't afford to give." Catherine Ponder, author of "The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity" claims, "You can't afford, not to give!" When you share or give your portion however large or small, to someone who truly needs your assistance, the very act of giving and helping them, makes you, the giver, rich indeed.

I will keep posting about donting on my blog, "Sleeping Kitten - Dancing Dog!", and tweeting and contacting more of my friends in an attempt to keep this in the forefront of our thoughts. Already I have set aside some of my fun-things-to-do money, and a percentage of my grocery budget, in order to give on a weekly basis. Keeping in mind that when these initial supplies run out, as we all are aware they must, more will be needed.

An early Call-To-Arms was answered by Bloggers who made a huge impact on a little island called Haiti, and I pray the great loss these people have suffered can be eased somewhat, by the love we are sending out to them in our global effort.

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By alan handwerger on January 15, 2010 at 07:11 am

Theresa --

I awakened to your article, and it served to reilluminate for me first thing what had dimmed somewhat in my sleep.

I think this is a part of what citizen jouranlism is supposed to be about, as well as a great demonstration of the power of our new technologies. From the journalistic perspective, the more we can network with people who have intimate contact with what is going on in Haiti, the longer we'll be able to sustain the giving for a need that most certainly won't end simultaneously with the news cycle. I've never seen anything quite like this in my life. Perhaps it's the vision of cocktails with little umbrellas in them being distributed poolside in so many neighboring places.



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By Jack Bates on January 15, 2010 at 12:12 pm

You have hit on a great truism about all this technology. It allows us as a MASS to make a difference with what traditionally may have been a modest or insignificant amount of money. Micro donations coupled with a medium of mass marketing and mass networking of blogging, online publications like BrooWaha, email, online donations, etc. have changed the dynamics of how the world CAN work. Articles like this shine a light on that and my hope is that the world WILL work that way more and more.

Great job!

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By JJFCPA on January 15, 2010 at 03:58 pm

This was really good. We need more of us to be engaged and help in more ways than just money. Many of us, myself included, do not act when I read about a tragedy unless I get bumped off my safety seat. Your article did that.

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By Theresa H Hall on January 15, 2010 at 09:06 pm

Alan, Melody, Jack and John,

I am glad you liked my article and thank you for joining in to help the good people of Haiti. I am amazed by the resolve of our global nation (without borders), in standing together to bring strong support in the form of thought, word and deed. I only hope it will be a continuous giving, balanced by everyone stepping up to the plate. The cry for help from world leaders and rescue organizations is overwhelming.

The people on the ground helping the Haitians, the people en route, the citizens from nearby cities all have a very difficult rescue ahead of the. The tick of the clock is a harsh reminder that time is slowly running out for those survivors who are still trapped. Let us all keep their survival in our minds, and pray for some miraculous intervention.

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By Christian X. on January 19, 2010 at 10:55 pm

This catastrophe is really shocking and horrifying. I saw people full of blood on their bodies and others were stuck and calling for some help. Many died and others are still missing until now. A bunch of people have likely seen text message charity campaigns that looked like scams, and thus didn't donate, and are probably thinking that if they were to donate to any of them floating around currently, they'll need payday loans and a lawyer to sue some con artist. Well, some of them are real – for instance, text Haiti to 90999 is real – that's the American Red Cross. Also, text Haiti to 501501 is the foundation run by Wyclef Jean, and text Haiti to 20222 is the Clinton Foundation. The skepticism is warranted, but some of them have bona fides.

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By Theresa H Hall on January 19, 2010 at 11:47 pm

Yes Christian, there are those in the world who consider taking advantage even in such perilous times. I can only shake my head and feel sad. But on the point of worthy and safe donations to send your money, There are numerous ones from which to choose. Please Check with BloggersUnite dot org and follow the trails of goodness.

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By Theresa H Hall on January 20, 2010 at 02:21 pm

Hi Cher, By following the link to the thread and reading some of the posts that others have written, many of them provide answers to questions we might have. Their leads and suggestions on how to help this tiny city, and her people, are a credit to bloggers around the world, who want to reach out and give. I read your post and I thank you for joining in.

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By jaime_A on February 11, 2010 at 03:21 am

Yes it's important to give rather than to receive. Thanks for the kind generosity of Angelina Jolie by visiting Haitian people and donating some gifts. Hope the break up and loss will survive. I imagine that News of the World has to be feeling pretty silly right now – since they've been slapped with a lawsuit by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, over running a story they were about to breakup. Between the two of them, they can probably afford way better lawyers, or rather solicitors (the gossip rag is in the UK and they call them solicitors or barristers across the pond) and the people who own that paper might be running for payday loans before too long. Granted, there is some leeway in libel cases with free speech, but there's greater protection for political speech. A tabloid or two less in the world would probably be a good thing.

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