This morning I was jolted awake at 6:19 am by the rolling remnants of a 4.4 magnitude earthquake out of Baja California, Mexico. At first I thought my husband had accidentally slammed the door on his way out of the house but when it didn’t stop and all the odd collection of random items on our headboard continued to shake I realized it was an earthquake. Having lived in California for the last sixteen years, earthquakes are not foreign. Often I feel small quakes roll under my feet at work or while sitting on the couch after dinner. Why was this one different? Because Haiti just suffered a devastating and history altering 7.0 earthquake on January 12th, 2010. While I feel back asleep and woke up in my comfy bed surrounded by my three warm and cozy dogs, many Haitians didn’t wake up at all and many of those who did had been crushed by the rubble of what used to be their bedrooms. Many people and animals who survived are now without shelter, clean water, food, and medical supplies. How complacent I am in my comfortable heated air-conditioned home, eating organic apples for breakfast and enjoying running water and hot showers. The idea of charity is that those who are better off help those who are in need. As I watch the news I see so many people who are in need of said charity and today my focus lands on the Haitians who are in distress.
++Donate to one of the following charities currently focusing their attentions on Haiti
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
The American Red Cross
Doctors Without Borders
Partners in Health
Many other organizations are also distributing humanitarian and animal aid in Haiti. Check out InterAction’s Website for a full list. (I found this list after following a link from the official White House blog)