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Help Haiti: A Day Without Pay

Help Haiti: A Day Without Pay

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 nave 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.

Thanks

Dave

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Dave Chameides

Dave Chameides is a filmmaker and environmental educator. His website and newsletter are designed to inspire thought and dialogue on environmental solutions and revolve around the idea that no one can do everything, but everyone can do something. "Give people the facts, and they'll choose to do the right thing."

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1:27AM PDT on May 23, 2011

Sure, losing a day's worth of your paycheck might be difficult, but just get over it - it's nothing compared to what someone else is going through
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7:54PM PDT on May 21, 2011

Helping Haiti out of good will is a choice. But I would never help a nation that is known for black magic.

10:38AM PDT on May 5, 2010

Hi My name is Josh and i am a high school AP Enivromental Student. I have done some math and if 1/10 of the United States population we would have alot of money to give to the country of Haiti. A tenth of our population is 3,000,000 people. The minimum wage of an average worker is $7.55, and if the 3,000,000 people worked an 8 hour work day, each of them would make roughly about $60. The total of those 3,000,000 day salaries are $181,200,000. This amount is before tax but imagine if the whole work-force of the United States agreed to this challenge and participated that numer would be much greater. We take all that we have in America for granted. Thank you Dave for being a polite and caring person, we need more people like you in this country.
Thank You
Josh
AP Environmental-White Oak High School

9:44PM PDT on Mar 27, 2010

Friendship above all! Same planet, all people and living-life around it, hand-to-hand! Dave is right! Let's help anyway! Obrigada

1:35PM PDT on Mar 21, 2010

Many of us who have visited this site, have come here eyes blinded, minds closed and hearts that no longer care. So what if the author of this article is seeking our help. Who knows when the lives of our family and friends will be on the line. As of this date, most of us who have read this, are living high on the hog as compared to the many lives in Haiti. Think about it people, open up your heart and your pocket book. Afterall, what is a days wage? Fifty! One Hundred! So what! This is a cause that we should all take part in. And I promise, that if you do, you shall be blessed ten fold. Simply, having faith in a cause and striving to do the right, will at least give hope to the down-trodden of Haiti.

7:18AM PDT on Mar 21, 2010

Emily,
My sincerest apologies for the situation you find yourself in and i in no way meant to guilt you. i chose my words carefully and felt that it spoke to those people reading who could afford to give but were not doing so. I was mainly speaking to the large number of americans and beyond who feel that hard times are not being able to afford a new car, instead of not knowing where your next meal comes from. We all do what we can and it sounds like the time you take to sign up for petitions and donations to have your voice heard is more significant than what many of us do in comparison. Thank you and again please accept my apologies if i have offended or mislead.

3:18AM PDT on Mar 21, 2010

I thought this article was going to be about how those of us WITHOUT a way to make a monetary donation could help Haiti (obviously I misinterpreted the title), and I don't appreciate the author sending readers like me on a guilt trip. Talk about your own opinions, experiences and beliefs, but don't tell others whom you've never met to "put things in perspective." That's your perspective, not theirs. You might be wondering if I'm well enough to be using a computer on Care2 (which is also what the author meant by saying "But if you are reading this, chances are, the people of Haiti need those funds more than you or I do."), then my life situation can't be that bad that I couldn't spare some money for Haiti. If any of you are, then you're presumptuous and arrogant - but since you're wondering: the hour or two I'm able to spend out of bed to do something each day I spend on sites like Care2, going through about 40 click to donate sites, updating a blog I keep with links to sites like Care2 where you can click or perform another action to donate to charity without giving actual money, and since the Butterfly Rewards system, doing things on the site to earn credits to donate to worthwhile causes.

3:14AM PDT on Mar 21, 2010

I know this will not be a well-received comment, but I'm going to be honest: I am immediately turned off when I begin to read an article and the author tells me (directly or through implication) what I, the reader, think, believe, say or do. Even worse, when the article is wanting me to donate MONEY to a cause and begins in such a way and then puts salt in the wound by implying that I'm being selfish by not donating or essentially "Sure, losing a day's worth of your paycheck might be difficult, but just get over it - it's nothing compared to what someone else is going through, and you'll survive unlike them so do it and move on." I would love to do something to help the victims in Haiti, but I have not had a day with pay ever. The only job I ever had was babysitting when I was 11 and 12 - long before I got to the age of where I might have a regular paycheck, health problems had taken over my life, and they are still affecting me where I have nothing but a negative income. And I would trade anything just to have any people in my life who love and support me, and to receive back the love and caring I've given to those that have merely scorned me in return - even if I lost everything else material, even basics like food and clothing.

11:33AM PDT on Mar 20, 2010

Wonderful idea! I´ve already told everybody in the office to donate money for Haiti. Will visit the facebook link now Dave. Greetinds!

7:35AM PDT on Mar 19, 2010

what a wonderful way to help

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