Thursday, January 14, 2010

Help Haiti


Photo: Eduardo Munoz / Reuters/Corbis

Not to sound like a broken record of everything on the news lately, but I thought I would quickly put in a word about what's going on in the world. As I've always said, real beauty comes from within and there is absolutely nothing more beautiful than helping others. (I know, I know, cheesy and probably the same words as on every beauty blog but I do mean that from the heart.)

After the devastation from a giant 7.0 earthquake in Haiti, the whole country is basically wrecked and in need of our help. I can't even begin to comprehend the death toll and brokenness on the streets. Reports say that it looks like bombs after WWII because of the shattered roads and collapsed buildings. Even small donations could help the lives of thousands of people!  Sometimes we live in our safe little lives and forget that there are people who could use a few bucks more than we could use that new lipgloss.

I'm not saying that I'm trying to guilt trip anyone, but plain and simple, those who REALLY have less right now could use a little help from those who have something to give.

Lookee, technology even made it easy for us to be helpful! In the comfort of our own homes, we can donate to the American Red Cross (www.redcross.com) by texting "Haiti" to 90999 to donate $10 which will go directly from our phone bills.




Another easy way to donate includes texting YELE to donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund (www.yele.org).

Here is a list of additional reputable charities to donate for Haiti earthquake relief.

Frankly, we could benefit from a little more love and a giving heart in this world. :)

EDIT: I just received an e-mail from a girl who told me about a smaller organization who could use help as well. Here is an article about donating to Matenwa, a community learning center on an nearby island to Port Au Prince. The community has been deeply affected by the earthquakes as well and aren't getting reached by the larger organizations. It seems legit to me, so if you'd like your donations to go to a smaller community to make a bigger impact, please help support Matenwa.



11 comments:

  1. There's nothing broken record about it ... it's heartbreaking and has been on my mind all day! Thanks for posting this.

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  2. i just donated earlier today. Haiti is on my prayer list..Hopefully aid can get organized fast!

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  3. You are such a genuine and thoughtful person Jen! I wish I had more to donate! Thank you for posting these links! xoxo Jolie

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  4. Thanks for this post and putting up the links.It's wonderful that you've put this up on your blog x

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  5. Made my donation today...thanks for reminding me!

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  6. I think it's wonderful that some of my favorite beauty bloggers are mentioning it to reach a wider audience. I made my donation the day after it happened... it was my monthly fun money and it's not alot, but they need it so much more than I do...

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  7. BTW Jen - I found out today while shopping that H&M matches 100% of all donations made by shoppers in-store. I thought that was amazing and just wanted to share!

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  8. PetiteAsianGirl: omg, that would be so amazing if I had an H&M in my area. XD What a great contribution!

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  9. Hi Jen,
    Nothing wrong with spreading the word for Haiti. Um, although Red Cross was an organization I used to be active in...a lot of the money actually goes to administration and I wasn't too happy with that so I prefer to send my money to AmeriCares which is nonprofit. The number is 1-800-486-HELP if anyone is uncomfortable with sending money to RedCross. BTW to any readers of this comment, RedCross still donates A LOT but at the same time a lot more than should be, is not donated. Before flaming me or RedCross, check your references and do your homework kids . That's all thanks Jen :D

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  10. Who do u think gets the "help"?
    DON'T DONATE!!!
    Do your research please...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxRiOmHz7b4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3jp_BLh9dc

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  11. I'm also donating 10% of my proceeds to Haiti. First donation will be VERY soon

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