Help for Haiti…the Giving Challenge!

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Oh, this is SO exciting. 

I already posted here about sending money to people in Haiti via Compassion International.

Now…another way to help!  Crystal (Money Saving Mom) has issued a challenge of sorts.  I decided to join in to help raise a little bit more money for families in Haiti.

Here’s where you come in.  Figure out something you can do to help the hurting people of Haiti.  Anything

  • Can you give up coffee or soda or another special treat for a month…then donate the money you would have spent on that treat to people in Haiti?
  • Can you put off buying that special splurge item and send some money to Haiti instead?
  • Can you save a few dollars in groceries this month by eating from your pantry and freezer stockpile?   It may not be as exciting, but the money you save could go toward people who need food and water in Haiti.
  • Can you sell a few items you don’t need anymore and send the money to Haiti?
  • Can you gather your children into the room, show them Haiti on the map, talk about the situation and pray together?

Prayerfully consider what you and your family can do.  It may not be much.  It may be a lot. 

I dare say…any little thing you can do IS a lot. 

And if you don’t have any extra money right now and “all you can do is pray”…oh please, please pray.  What a wonderful gift you’ll be giving these families.

Blog about what you’ve already done, what you are in the process of doing or what you plan to do to help.  Then come link up here on this post.

For everyone who links up…I’ll donate $.50 to Compassion International for the children in Haiti.  (If there are 100 links…that’s $50!!)

Beyond that, for every single comment left on this blog post…I’ll donate an additional $.25.

It doesn’t really sound like much.  It actually sounds like a rather pitiful amount.  Oh, but if you all get busy blogging and leaving comments…it could really add up! 

I hope you blow my socks off!  I hope so many of you link up and leave comments that I have to raid my kids’ wallets  eat beans and rice for a month! 

No really…thanks to all the canning and preserving and stocking up I’ve done…we’re good around here on food for a long while.  It’s  absolutely humbling.  THAT is the very reason I want to do this.  Parents in Haiti are struggling to even find a bit of fresh water for their babies.  And I’m sitting here with a freezer full of strawberries (and oh so much more).

Start praying, writing, linking and commenting!

OH, and visit Crystal’s site and link up there too!  She and her husband are donating $10 for each link!!!!!  Wonderful!

Comments

  1. Misti McKivitz says

    You are doing a wonderful thing here with your blog, and your family by giving to those poor people in Haiti…Lord that is so terrible and tragic what they are going through. I can’t even begin to imagine…thank God for people like you and those who are there giving their time and resources…and to all those lifting them up in prayer.
    May the Lord continue to bless you and your family hun.

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  2. Carrie says

    thanks for making comment-fueled donations! I donated via text message & am commenting on blogs to increase the donation potential :)

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  3. Rachel says

    My family is praying for the people of Haiti and we decided to donate to Compassion International and Samaritan’s Purse.

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  4. Robyn says

    We donated to Catholic Relief Services which goes directly to Haiti, and my 6 year old son wants to donate the charity portion of his allowance to Haiti. You’re doing a great thing!

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  5. says

    I’m giving $10 eCOUPONs to my online gift store Gifts For One Gifts For All (www.giftsforonegiftsforall.com) to those that have donated to organizations helping the Haitian earthquake victims. When the eCOUPON is redeemed, 10% of the purchase will also be donated to organizations helping Haiti. Read my blog for more details at http:/bit.ly/DONATE2HAITI.

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  6. tadpoledrain says

    thank you for doing this. i’m so impressed with how many bloggers are doing something similar — i’m trying to leave comments wherever i can. came here from watchingthewaters.wordpress.com

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  7. says

    thank you. I will be sharing heartwarming stories that bring hope and a sense of togetherness and friendship for those who are lost and/or suffering; we all can be that friend, that someone who can make a difference, if only we look a little deeper, and dare to think a little greater… in loving memory of ga

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  8. Jenna says

    Great idea, Laura! We know some Bible School students who are going down there to share the Gospel and are supporting them going down there.

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  9. Tracy Compaan says

    I thought I’d already posted, but I think I did it on someone else’s blog. We donated to Samaritan’s purse. It seems like such a small drop in a gigantic bucket, but every little bit might help. I’m glad you’re offering to do this.

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  10. Mary says

    God has blessed this nation with plenty and it is so great to see America continue to give when there is a need.

    I will donate through my cell phone service and through church.

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  11. Melissa says

    May God bless you for what you are doing. We have donated money and bottled water to a local Christian radio station that is sending a team to Haiti. After reading your post we will try to donate to Compassion as well! We are so blessed to live in the USA and I believe it makes God smile when we take care of His children all over the world especially in a time of tragedy.

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  12. says

    Blessings Laura… I just came across this today but what a wonderful way to HELP HAITI! I wish I had thought of it or posted something more, now that I see the way to help. This is so fabulous of you! May God bless you as you bless Haiti & allow others to link and make a difference. My regular blog also mentioned HAITI at different times but not once did I think of doing a post like this, I just asked for people to please PRAY for Haiti, the people and the rescue workers like this one with photos from there with a song:
    http://mazmagi.blogspot.com/2010/01/worth-it-all.html

    Thank you for doing this! May God bless you abundantly!

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  13. Danielle says

    I just heard on the radio that of the 255 million dollars the American Red Cross raised for Haiti, ONLY 80 million went to Haiti. the rest went to the general fund of the American Red Cross. For future disasters. If they keep on “pocketing” money, soon they shouldn’t need ANY help.

    Apparently writing for Haiti on donations etc does NOT help it go to Haiti.

    This is not the first time the American Red Cross has done this, Tsunami, Katrina, SF Earthquake (’89) etc. And the one time the President of the American Red Cross was fired for his handling of funds.

    This is the SOLE reason I refuse to donate to the Red Cross. the money does not get to the people who need it.

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