We talk so often about how bad the economy is, about how tough things are on the job front, about the problems all around us, and then something like the earthquake in Haiti slaps us back into perspective. Sure things could be better, but the bottom line is, tomorrow morning I will wake up with a roof over my head and my family safe and in their beds. I’ll have food in the fridge and more likely than not, electricity lighting my house. I wish I could say that for everyone in the world, and while I am not naïve enough to think that is always the case, the footage coming from Haiti has made it hard to consider otherwise.
100,000 people dead. I can’t even fathom it.
I’d like to jump on a plane and help, but I can’t. I’ve donated money already, but then wondered what else I could do. So I have created a facebook page called A Day Without Pay and would like to invite you to join. The concept is simple. Give up one days pay and send it to one of the organizations listed to help with the relief efforts, or another that you care about that is helping in the area. Now I know to many of us, one days pay may seem like a lot, and in fact, it is. But if you are reading this, chances are, the people of Haiti need those funds more than you or I do.
Whatever you can afford will make a difference and if you can’t afford anything right now, than donate by passing the site on to as many people as possible. Money isn’t going to solve this problem, but it’s going to get the supplies that are needed to the people who need them as soon as possible. For the short term, that’s what’s important.
And while a day without pay will probably hurt, tomorrow you’ll hopefully work again and earn another days wages. Sadly, over 100,000 people in Haiti will never get that chance again. So put in perspective, it doesn’t seem that bad does it?
A day without pay. Give it a shot.