Help for Haiti

I am sure by now you have all seen the devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti. In the past I have always felt helpless, I don’t have the ability to travel or the medical training to provide care. But today, after receiving an email from one of my friends, I realized there is something I can do, and that is pray and give.

Not only can I pray and give, I can encourage and challenge my readers to do the same. I realize not everyone, especially in this economy, has money laying around to give away. But perhaps you have a few dollars? I know many of us are participating in the 730/365 challenge, maybe you could sell a few items on Ebay or Craig’s List and donate that money. Maybe there is something you could give up, just for the rest of the month in order to help these people who are in desperate need of food, shelter, medical care, and clothing.

My friend Crystal from Money Saving Mom is hosting a linky for people to link up with their posts detailing how they are helping the victims of Haiti’s earthquake. For each link she is donating money to Compassion International. Spurred on by her generosity I have a challenge for my readers as well.

For each person who leaves a comment telling me what they have done to help the relief effort, whether it is donating money, time, praying, etc… I will donate $1 to the Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund organized by my church. And for each person that links up with their blog post detailing their relief efforts I will donate an additional dollar, up to a maximum of $500.

If you are looking for organizations that are accepting donations check out:

Sovereign Grace Ministries
Compassion International
American Red Cross

Every dollar makes a difference.

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  1. Thanks for the additional opportunity to help. Our church (Gateway Freewill Baptist) actually had a missions team that landed right before the earthquake struke Tuesday. Much of the early footage on CNN was from one of our ladies. Our family (and church) are in prayer for our people and the people of Haiti. We are currently getting together money and medical supplies for the clinic where our people are serving. My husband (USS Bataan) left yesterday as part of the Navy’s relief effort.

    Thanks to you and the other bloggers for putting the need out front. Pls pray that the people in Haiti will see God as He provides healing, comfort, hope and order during this most difficult situation.

  2. Selene M. says:

    Everytime I hear “Haiti”, I offer a prayer for everyone involved. I will be making a monetary donation – just have to decide on the agency, or maybe more than one. I can’t afford a lot, but I’m sure every little bit will help.
    Thanks for your effort.

  3. Thank you for being part of this amazing effort! I’ve given one donation already, and I’ll be doing another as part of this terrific effort! It’s events like this that I find really help me put my own life in proper perspective. There is so much pain in the world. Thank you again!

  4. I donated through Compassion International and the Red Cross. Thanks for doing this!

  5. I can’t help but stayed glued to the tv and watch the devastation that is going on over there. All I can do is pray that they are getting the help and care that they need. It is wonderful that you are doing this.

  6. My mom doesnt have time to leave comments on the blogs that are doing this project so she told me (her son age 18) to leave a comment on all of them. i think what you all are doing is great. God bless you and good luck. We are praying that Haiti keeps getting help and other ppl help to.

  7. We donated through Crisis Response International. They sent a team down yesterday to assist with search and rescue. Thank you for doing this!

  8. I’m praying for Haiti and donating via text message and to Feed My Starving Children

  9. My daughters and I have been praying frequently for the people of Haiti, not only that the supplies they need would be provided, but that the government would allow the supplies to reach the people who need them the most. I am not able to give financially, so THANK YOU for allowing us a place to “give” through you!

  10. We donated to the US fund for UNICEF and also to a local (Kentucky)-based charity called Ten Kids whose goal is to provide a safe home, education, etc. to Ten Kids I like the idea of giving to an organization meeting general needs of the people of Haiti and to one meeting the needs of specific children. We are so blessed–I can’t imagine the losses of the Haitian people.

    Thanks for all you’re doing!!

  11. We donated to the American Red Cross this morning. Thanks for using your blog to help convince people to donate.

  12. This is truly a wonderful thing that you are doing! Looking at images of the disaster on TV and on the web are truly devastating. My heart goes out to all that are suffering or have lost loved ones. Thanks again for setting up this effort!

  13. Thanks for what you are doing!!!!

  14. Our family donated to Red Cross today and I made a post on FB to encourage my friends to donate.

  15. This is awesome, Toni! I donated $100 to Operation Blessing and am donating an additional $1 per link/comment. 😀

  16. Thank you for donating to this great cause!

  17. Samantha Cedeno says:

    I made a small contribution to the Red Cross. I also changed my status on facebook to challenge my friends to match my contribution.

  18. Thank you for your challenge and your generosity! I’m donating through Compassion.

  19. That is a very generous donation plan! Today I am praying for the victims in Haiti.

  20. We *just* started to sponsor a little girl from Haiti through Compassion International. Our sponsor packet arrived the day the earthquake struck. Her name is Shelove. We do not yet know how she and her family are doing. Compassion International is a great organization. We will be giving through them, and I’d encourage others to, as well. We know a few people involved with their ministry — they are top-notch.

  21. What a great idea. Thanks for your help and support.

  22. I have helped out by praying and donating money. Thank you!

  23. I’m praying for the victims and their families.

  24. Our family is planning to give. Our church ususally takes up an offering for disasters like this, so we plan to give through our church. They give the money to a missionary or organization they trust to help distribute the money. If our church doesn’t take up an offering, we plan to donate the money through Compassion Int. Thank you for your generous heart.

  25. We’ve donated and prayed…and prayed. Thank you for what you’re doing.

  26. We’ve been praying and praying. We have friends who have families as missionaries in Haiti, so not only praying, but also trying to be an encouragement to them, as they wait with NO ANSWERS. Also, passing along the good news we hear. We haven’t decided who we’re giving to yet or how much, but I’m sure there will be a donation headed that direction at some point soon. Thanks for your continued efforts.

  27. What a great way to help, everyone needs to get involved.

  28. Elizabeth says:

    I am praying and after I speak with my hubby will also be donating!


  29. We donated through Heart to Heart International. I just can’t resist them because they not only operate on an incredibly low overhead of less than 2 percent, they also leverage strategic partnerships and volunteer support to deliver 25 times the value of donations in medical aid – a win-win!

  30. I am giving through my church to the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.

  31. My heart is breaking for the Haitian people. I pray that the Lord will bless and keep them safe. I have contributed to the American Red Cross and encourage others to do the same.

  32. I’m sending money to World Vision this a.m. It’s a bit we can do for our neighbors in Haiti. My husband told me last night that his company is going to do something to raise money to send to Haiti.

    I just read on Facebook about our missionary friends in the Dominican Republic. They are medical missionaries. Gary and son, David and two Haitian men that live there took a ton of medical supplies, including antibiotics, rescue supplies and MREs and they are going to be there til they run out of supplies. Pray for them and for the Cindy and children at home in Mucha Agua. It’s a blessing to know people that are helping in this sad time.

  33. Thanks for doing this – what a wonderful way to help! We’ve donated to the Red Cross and will be working with our school and local YMCA to gather some medical supplies to send as well.

  34. I donated to the American Red Cross by texting “Haiti” to 90999. Easy!

  35. Amanda Harker says:

    We plan on donating through Red Cross, thank you for all that you are doing.

  36. Magnifelyn says:

    I donated $10 via text to the Red Cross relief effort. Then I blogged about the Help for Haiti Project to increase awareness!

  37. Praying! And also trying to decide where to give.

  38. Well I linked my post. I am not sure it details exactly what I have been doing. It asks for help and for people who can help get the children home. I have contacted senators and asked for their help for these poor families and children.

  39. Thank you for doing this donation project! I’ve donated money to MercyCorps, which is my regular charity I support for work they do all around the world. They are a great reputable organization. Other than that, all we can do is pray pray and pray some more for our brothers and sisters. I pray especially that in the midst of all this chaos, they may have hope instead of fear.

  40. We’re giving to Compassion International. I’ve also heard good things about Cure, so we’ll be looking into that. Thanks for doing this!

  41. We’re donating to CRS. Our kids are doing extra chores to earn money to put in the second collection basket at church that is for Haiti.

  42. I donated to Catholic Relief Services which will go directly to Haiti, and my son is going to donate the charity portion of his allowance to Haiti.
    You’re doing a great thing!

  43. Our family is sending up prayers to the One who can do the most!!
    Our church also took and sent contributions in.
    My heart breaks especially for the little ones affected. We truly are blessed and I am thankful that we are able to bless others in return!

  44. sweetsuelv says:

    I am donating to the red cross and to my churchs humanitarian aid, i am also posting a comment on all the bloggers that are helping. Thanks for what you do.

  45. I have referenced your Help Haiti in my blog posting today. I linked it to this post so people can use the resources you have pulled together to help make a difference if at all possible.

    Thanks for pulling together the links and doing the leg work.

    You can check my post out here:

  46. Donating and spreading the word! Thanks for doing this!

  47. I donated to Compassion International and put up posts on both of my blogs urging others to donate as well.

  48. We are praying; wishing we could contribute financially.

  49. Thank you for your efforts. Haiti is in our prayers and as always, we are thankful that God works EVERYTHING to the good; His good. God bless you!

  50. We gave a donation to Samaritan’s Purse and are going to sponsor two more children from World Vision.

  51. This is wonderful! I am also offering prayers for Haiti, for the rescuers, for God to mobilize the more fortunate around the world (which, let’s be honest, is almost all of us) to give sacrificially.

    I’ve been texting HAITI to 90999 (Red Cross donation of $10 each time) and YELE to 501501 ($5 donation to Wyclef Jean’s Haiti aid) and have encouraged others to do the same on Twitter and my own blog.

  52. Thanks for helping the people of Haiti!

    (I have donated to the American Red Cross and to Compassion International.)

  53. Christie C. says:

    Thank you for helping and for letting me help, too. I know the people there need it badly.

  54. My family and I are praying and keeping all of these people in our thoughts. Thank you for what you are doing.

  55. What an amazing way to contribute to this cause!

  56. We gave a monetary donation to the Convoy of Hope.

  57. I donated to the Red Cross.

  58. We gave a donation to Samaritan’s Purse and are praying.


  59. Prayers for all affected. Will be donating to American Red Cross.

  60. Thanks for all your hard work and help, we will be donating to the Red Cross.

  61. Due to our financial situation, I am visiting as many blogs as possible and commenting to help raise donations. Bless you for not only helping but providing a way for everyone to help too!

  62. Praying, spreading the word about you amazing bloggers as much as I can. Still praying about donating $$. Was listening to Dave Ramsey’s yesterday’s radio show: “Most giving would be done with surplus, and that would be above an emergency fund.” What are your thoughts on that? Of course we have more than the Haitians, especially now. We are working on our snowball, when done we will work on our emergency fund. Will $25 really make a difference to that? I don’t think so… Is it irresponsible to donate when our financial situation is not ideal?

    I think I need to blog about this. I am torn, to be perfectly honest. All the news is referring to the difficulties with the airport/infrastructure inside Haiti and getting the donated supplies and relief and rescue efforts on the ground where they are needed in a timely manner. Their needs are not going to go away overnight. Right now, as I’m writing, I think the right thing for us is to budget a donation in February. I am sure that many $$ donations made this month will continue to be used next month. I am concerned about the attention span of the media: we need to make sure they are not forgotten, after the dead have been recovered and the living are still trying to rebuild. Once the shock is over, they are going to need foreign aid even more than ever.

    Now here I’ve gone on and on. Sorry! I was so busy today, this was the first I’ve sat down to respond to everything going on online. Lucky you! 😉

    • TheHappyHousewife says:

      That is a lot to think about Jolyn. I think $25 does make a big difference, but I also understand the need to get out from under your debt. Once you are debt free and have built your emergency fund, your giving can really take off! If you really feel led to give perhaps you could cut $25 from your grocery budget or dining out budget next month.
      I am in no way telling you what to do, but I do know that if God wants you to give, HE will make it real clear and you will find a way to come up with the money. 🙂

  63. I donated all my swagbucks for the cause, posted about this drive on Facebook, and plan to donate money, though still deciding which organization to donate through. Thanks for doing this.

  64. I texted HAITI to 90999 (Red Cross donation of $10 each time).

  65. I was able to donate my swagbucks and am also commenting on blogs to help raise money for Haiti!

  66. I donated to the Red Cross! Thanks so much for linking up with everyone else and encouraging everyone to donate!

  67. Thanks for doing this. Lots of prayers from our home, we have been donating to various orgs for Haiti and will continue to. Please link up on my blog and comment for more donations 🙂

  68. This is such a fantastic thing that all of these bloggers are doing. Thank you! We will be donating directly to the Red Cross.

  69. Thanks so much for doing this. Your generosity and Crystal’s (and many other’s) is contageous and so worthy.


  70. We can’t help financially–DH is unemployed at the moment–but we are praying and I donated my swagbucks. Thanks for giving me another opportunity to help!!!

  71. I donated $25 to the humanitarian emergency relief fund ran by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

  72. Keep up the good work everyone!! Every little bit helps! I can’t help but replaying “We are the World” over and over in my head.

  73. I have donated to the Red Cross. I am now giving up a little bit of time to comment on the blogs of some very generous bloggers who are increasing the amount of money I have already donated. My heartfelt thanks for your generosity and the opportunity for me to contribute in this way.

  74. We gave to Red Cross via txt and YeleHaiti via txt. Thanks for your efforts!

  75. I do not have money or resources to donate, so I am helping by posting on as many blogs that are offering a donation for each comment! Thank you for doing this.

  76. Thank you for doing this!

  77. Thank you for what you are doing. I donated $10 via text message to the Red Cross for Haiti.

  78. Let’s all keep Haiti in our prayers.

  79. Sharon Warner says:

    I appreciate all of the blogging mom’s reaching out to their internet readers, you are all an inspiration to me. My family is and will be praying for the people of Haiti. The effort needs to continue after the first shock of the earthquake is over.

  80. My husband is a Haitian American, and we are devastated by this disaster.
    I appreicate all you do and keeping people in Haiti in your prayers. We donated to Red Cross and Direct Relief International. We are also planning on donating to other organizations as well. Again, thank you for your help.

  81. Thanks for making comment-fueled donations. I donated via text and am making the blog rounds to increase the donation potential. 🙂

  82. My family is praying for the people of Haiti and are donating to several organizations including Samaritans Purse.

  83. We donated through the Red Cross

  84. I gave to Oxfam and Episcopal Relief and Development.

  85. Donated to Compassion & Red Cross via iTunes! Also donating through the comments I get on my blog $1-$2 for Compassion International!

  86. I am praying for those in Haiti, writing on blogs, and will donate to probably the red cross. Thank you for doing this!

  87. We gave through the Jewish Federation.

  88. thank you thank you thank you

  89. I am praying for Haiti.

  90. Sarah in MO says:

    Thank you so much for stepping out to help these people! God bless you!

  91. I decided to donate to ‘Doctors without Borders.’ Thanks for all you are doing!!

  92. Melinda Devany says:

    Please add our comment to your donation list. Thanks so much!

  93. This is a great thing you are doing! It also lets us poor college students to find a way to contribute. 🙂

  94. Thanks for doing this!!

  95. It is hard to recover after an earthquake where you lost everything. This is like a drop of water, I am giving to them.

  96. Thank you for doing this! Our family is donating through Compassion International.

  97. Bless you for your donation. You are truly a hero!

  98. I am donating all of my Swagbucks through their fund and commenting on blogs. Thank you to you and yours for this very thoughtful act. 🙂

  99. Prayer is first! We’re also donating through Sovereign Grace ministries and getting the kids involved by collecting change and donating that as well. Thanks so much giving to those in need!

  100. My husband and I are donating to Compassion. Thanks for doing this!

  101. Thank you for your generosity.

  102. I’m praying for everyone in Haiti and their families. My family gave through the Red Cross and Swagbucks. Thank you for what you’re doing!

  103. thanks for donating to the haiti victims

  104. Thank you for what you are doing. We’re joining in as well on our blog this weekend.

  105. Thank you for doing this!

  106. Katherine says:

    We donated to Chances for Children, a ministry that runs an orphanage outside Port au Prince:
    A family from our homeschool group recently adopted two precious children from there. Bless you for all you are doing to help.

  107. thank you so much for doing this!

  108. Cydney L. says:

    Thank you for doing this.

  109. I sent $25 to the Red Cross, $5 for each of my children and grandchildren. Thank God for their safety and Thank you for all you’re doing.

  110. We decided to donate to compassion international!

  111. We sponsor a child through WorldVision and we are sending a donation through them:) Thanks for donating for my comment!

  112. Thank you for doing this.

  113. My children donated their allowance money. My husband and I will add to it and send it on to Samaritan’s Purse. I’m also doing as many comments as I can for those bloggers’ sites that will donate, and posted a link on my Facebook for friends to do the same.

  114. penguinmom says:

    Thanks do much. I have been praying for the people of Haiti as well as to see where I can help the best. Thanks for this opportunity to help now.

  115. My thoughts have been with the people of Haiti, especially those who have yet to find all of their family. In Gods name I pray that they feel his love and compasionate arms around them, for only His grace will pull them thru.

  116. We are giving through CrossWorld International and praying.

  117. Bless you for doing this!

  118. thanks for doing this

  119. Thank you for your generosity.

  120. My family is praying for the people of Haiti and we will be giving at the local Publix. God Bless YOu!!!!!!

  121. sent $200 to Compassion International yesterday. Praying for Haiti.

  122. Thank you very much for doing this. I’m praying for the people in Haiti and living comments in blogs like this one.

  123. Bless you for doing this! Personally donating to Red Cross.

  124. Although my husband is out of the country right now on a mission trip in Africa, so I can’t discuss it with him, I certainly am praying for Haiti. God bless you!

  125. Thank you for doing this. Our family is praying for those in Haiti including the rescue workers and military personnel who are there now.

  126. 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

  127. leaving a comment so you can add to your donation! we are praying and donating financially wherever possible.

  128. Bridgette says:

    Thanks for donating.

  129. My husband and I donated to Heifer Project International Haiti Disaster Relief Fund. Thank you for everything you are doing.

  130. I am so happy you made it possible for those of us that are not financially capable to give to somehow help – thank you!

  131. I am a nurse practitioner and I donated to Project Hope which will help fund the medical volunteers aboard the U.S. Naval Ship Comfort which will be a floating hospital for the injured Haitians. It will arrive in Haiti soon.

    Thank you for your contribution too!

  132. Amomto4sweeties says:

    I donated $50 to World Vision’s Haiti Relief effort.

  133. What a wonderful thing you are doing. I pray for all of those in Haiti.

  134. i linked up above, but my dad, who was inspired by all the blogger moms right now, wanted me to post a comment on his behalf letting you know he donated also! thank you for doing this!!

  135. It’s a wonderful thing that you’re doing.

  136. Donating to Red Cross and lots of prayers. Thank you

  137. Thanks for what you are doing!

  138. I donated my swag bucks, it works out to between .07 znd .08 cents per swag buck so it could add up if a lot of people join. Thank you for donating.

  139. Thanks for what you are doing.

  140. Thank you so much for donating! Glad I could at least help by commenting!

  141. This is very generous of you. Thanks!

  142. Thanks so much for caring!!!

  143. Hearing all the stories and seeing all the pictures is so awful. I’ve donated $25.00 to the Red Cross.

  144. i think this is awesome!

  145. This is a great way to help out! God Bless all the people in Haiti!

  146. Thank you. I have given to Doctors Without Borders and ASPCA (for the animals!).

  147. Truly awesome what you are doing!

  148. Thank you for another way to send some help to the people of Haiti! My husband and I donated through our church as well as to the Red Cross.

  149. We donated supplies for care packages being made at my daughter’s school.

  150. The expert from our blog:
    Here at The Shade Experts our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and their families of Haiti. Our office is located in South Florida where many families have been affected by this tragedy. We have made a monetary contribution to The Red Cross. We urge all business, small and large, to contribute during their time of extreme need. For all of our customers and everyone who has been affected by this tradegy, we have you in our thoughts and prayers.

  151. Thank you for doing this!!!

    We have given money to World Vision and have been praying for the sweet people of Haiti. I was there two months ago and God is using the Thomases in a powerful way in Fond Des Blanc… You can read a daily account of their stories.
    Pray specifically as they minister to those who are fleeing PAP to the countryside.

  152. Great thanks for doing this!!!

  153. Thank you for all of your efforts to help those in Haiti. May God be with us all.