Posts Tagged ‘Charity giving’



It’s not over. It won’t be over for years. The nightmare in Haiti continues with lack of services, food, medical care and shelter. Yes,  relief is coming and much has been distributed on behalf of the caring world, but it’s not over. What about tomorrow, or the next day, next week, next month or even next year? The country of Haiti was devastated and the city of  Port-au-Prince was destroyed in one day, but it will take years to rebuild and revitalize that country.











I am sure that all of us have seen or experienced devastation. Our own country over the years has suffered national disasters that we would not want repeated. In Haiti devastation and extreme loss of life and suffering is being experienced by both young and old, rich and poor. 

            We ask ourselves, “What can I do?” Often we see reports of devastation from the constant barrage of newscasts that surround us. What has happened recently in Haiti is no different. We try to escape it. We occupy our thoughts with other things and the mundane of life, but in the back of our minds we know there is suffering everywhere.

            What can I do? I can’t go. I can’t help. I can’t assist in the search for lost people. But not being there does not mean you cannot help. We have all known someone who has suffered the loss of a loved one or known someone who has been devastated by disaster. Sometimes we are at a loss for words as to what we should say to that person to comfort them because we really do not know what they are going through. But you know what that person will remember without you saying a word? It is your embrace! I cannot go to Haiti. I cannot be there to help. I watch the news reports and say to myself, “Do something!” I cannot physically be there, but I can do something.

            I can give money, offer prayers, and assist in packaging up goods and food that will be taken there by others. I can do something! All of us together can “hug” that country. We can “embrace” those who are suffering with whatever we can contribute.

            I can help. I can make a difference! You do not have to stand on the sidelines and not get into the game. All of us can do something. All of us can make a difference. Please start today. (Please check out to the best of your ability, the charity you are contributing to so that your money is really being used for the cause.) Check out any organization at sites for the Better Business Bureau (; the Foundation Center (, or Charity Navigator ( Don’t use Web sites that ask for detailed personal information, such as your Social Security number, birthdate or bank account and pin information.

            Find a way to donate money to Haiti. Join a group, church or synagogue that is packaging up food, clothing, and personal hygiene packages to be sent to the needy and suffering people of Haiti. There are groups forming all over this country who are packaging up goods, food, water and clothing that will be shipped to Haiti.

            There has been extreme loss of life, loss of family, monetary means of support and that will continue for weeks and months and years as the country gets rebuilt. Who is going to do that? You are! All of us together can make a difference that will last for generations to come. Do something today! Please.

Please do not forget about Haiti and the massive needs of the people.
Find a way to help through a  legitimate charity, your church or synagogue to make a difference today.

If I told you that the past 31 days were life changing that would be true. If I told you I accomplished everything on my list over the past 31 days that would not be true. (See my 31 Days blog post.)

Yes, I tried every day to accomplish everything or something listed, and on some days I doubled up on some activities. Unfortunately, there were a couple of things that I will be doing in January. I must say by following the 31 Days list, it made me more aware of needs around me and my perception of priorities became paramount.

Instead of following my schedule, I was looking at my 31 Days list looking for opportunities to make changes or to help. I believe there should be times where we change our schedule and daily routines to take others into consideration. Yes, I realize we are all working more hours, and doing more with less just to make ends meet. But, at the end of the day, it still is all about people, family, friends, acquaintances, and business associates. Real people that are in real need are virtually everywhere.

I will be working on my list and hope that throughout the year I’ll find a way to make a difference. You can make a difference, too. Just look around, and then get involved.

Happy New Year

As the United States celebrates Thanksgiving this week, a lot of Americans will be asking themselves what they have to be thankful for. With record unemployment of 10.2%, 23% of Americans upside down on their mortgages and many retirees wondering what happened to their savings, it would seem that there’s a lot to be upset about.

Adding salt to the wound is the continuing debate over the astronomical bonuses that some in the financial sector continue to receive even though their companies have taken taxpayer bailout money.

So what is there to be thankful for this year?

I can’t speak for everyone, but as for me, I’m gleefully happy to say I’m still among the ranks of the employed. We didn’t get raises this year, but that’s ok. I’m also glad to be working with a great group of people who go above and beyond to give to others every year. This year they have collectively donated more than $70,000 to charity as well as providing labor to numerous organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, Relay for Life, and many more. I know I’m blessed to have such kind and generous people to work with every day.

I’m happy to have a nice, safe home in a good neighborhood that is clean and in good repair. Yes, we got slammed like everyone else did when home values plummeted. But we didn’t have plans to move anyway and are blessed that we don’t have to. My prayers are with those who haven’t been as fortunate.

We’re also blessed to have a healthy and growing family. We may not get to see each other as often as we like, but everyone is safe and happy. We’ve had our share of illness and risky situations this year – everything from swine flu to falling through ceiling from the attic – but everyone’s OK. Together we got through it and we are blessed that we have each other to depend on.

But enough about me and my family. I want to hear from you. Tell me, what are you thankful for this year? Remember, blessings come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they remain hidden for while. Look around, think about what has happened over the year, talk it over with friends and family. Then let me know. I can’t wait to hear from you!