I have been debating over the past 48 hours or so whether or not to talk about this here, but have decided that I cannot avoid it, nor do I wish to. I am a baseball fan, yes, but I am also a human being.
Unless you’re living under a rock, you are probably more than aware that a massive earthquake hit the country of Haiti, killing upwards of 45,000 people (as of 5.30pm PST), with many more tens of thousands requiring rescue, tens of thousands requiring immediate medical care, and millions needing simplicities like clean water and food enough to survive. If you watch the news on a nightly basis like I do, you’ve seen the pictures of a lot of people in a lot of trouble. There are thousands of bodies under tarps lining the streets of Port au Prince, and the heat there is oppressive; it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that these conditions will worsen unless help and a lot of it is sent immediately. As I type this out, the first wave of medical supplies and medical specialists have arrived, along with some food and water, and a military force to try and insure civility as much as possible. Unfortunately, things will likely get much worse before they get better.
The folks at Major League Baseball have pledged $1 Million to the cause via Unicef. You can also donate to OxFam, Doctors Without Borders, and of course, the Red Cross. As has been going around Twitter over the past 24 hours or so, you can text “Haiti” to the number 90999, and a $10 donation will automatically be sent to the Red Cross. If you choose to donate more, you can do so here.
I received a Twitter message last night that I attempted to pass along from our local Swedish hospital, listing a number of organizations that are needing donations to go and assist in this horrible disaster. I don’t have much on my college student “income”, but I managed to give Partners in Health a $10 donation. When I manage to finally kick this cold, I will likely try and donate some blood. I have extra, and it’s always needed. Plus, I’m pretty sure you get a cookie! Mercy Corps is also accepting donations (though their website may be getting a lot of traffic currently, it’s a bit on the slow side), and the International Medical Corps also has a site for accepting donations. It is quick, it is easy, it is needed. If the Evil Empire can do it, so can you.
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