I know that times are tough, but thrre is a lot going on that requires our time and money. The devastation in Haiti calls for immediate help for anyone who can give. In more mundane events, there is a great candidate in a surprisingly tight race who could use your help, too. If you can spare some time or money, check these out (even $5 helps).
The American Red Cross. This link will take you to a page that details the different funds you can contribute to. The Haiti disaster Relief fund is the second button. Please help, if you can. The situation is dire. Donating to the Red Cross ensures that your money goes to desperately needed medical supplies, as well as food and potable water, NOT to the Haitian government.
If you are able to donate blood, I urge you to please do so. Consider donating platelets or plasma instead of whole blood (I do). To donate in Florida, please contact the Florida Blood Centers. Nationwide, check out the American Red Cross. The link helps you find a donation center near you. Please give, if you can.
If you live in the South, the next time you need to go to the store, choose your local Publix. They are currently taking donations for the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund at the checkout registers. Just tell your cashier how much you want to donate and they will add it to your grocery bill.
Musician Wyclef Jean's charity, Yele Haiti, is collecting donations as well. You can either link to the site and donate there, or you can text YELE to 501501 to donate $5, which will be charged on your phone bill.
Please be cautious about monetary donations, because, unfortunately, there are a lot of scams out there already. But, please don't let that put you off from giving to a safe, reputable group. Anything you can afford to give will be a tremendous help.
Now, if you're looking to sock it to "The Man", please donate to Scott Brown's election campaign. This site will enable you to donate money or time. This race is gaining momentum, and we have a real chance to send a message to Washington and Obama. I don't know about you, but I'm just loving seeing Coakley and her democrat/union/lobbyist cronies panicking over a possible loss of 'Teddy's seat' in bluer-than-blue Massachusetts. Help Scott Brown (and Massachusetts voters) send a wake-up call to Washington!
Please dig deep and give what you can.