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Haiti: Give Money, Not Stuff

Society & Culture  (tags: ethics, giving, charity, Haiti, world, humans, interesting )

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If you're considering doing your part, that's great. But, experts say, whatever you do, don't donate anything but money. Under no circumstances should you mail care packages, toys, food or clothes.

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Naoko i (264)
Monday January 18, 2010, 5:16 am
Very important point. Thank, Cal.

Peace Monger (185)
Monday January 18, 2010, 8:45 am
It was reported (on the BBC I think) that a container arrived in Haiti filled with Santa suits! :O
What the .... ??!

Debbie G (306)
Monday January 18, 2010, 10:32 am
I think UPS should reconsider their "free shipping to Haiti" offer (or at least make it available only to relieve agencies such as Doctors without Borders or ARC). I thought of this when I saw that message. Anyway, there are still planes that circle for hours because the airport there is not up to par. Reports I've heard is that that's a problem too. Thanks Cal. Very good reminder.

Rebecca Zimmerman (4)
Monday January 18, 2010, 6:20 pm
If you have items you'd like to send to Haiti (like clothes and toys- this doesn't apply to pharmaceuticals), sell them on eBay and donate the money to Haiti. I do agree that you need to research whoever you are donating the money to in order to make sure that the organization is reputable and that the money is going toward Haitian relief instead of just toward administration costs for the organization. However, the organizations will most likely do a better job of sending needed items to Haiti than you would if you just cleaned out your closets and sent all of that.

Nicole W (3)
Monday January 18, 2010, 6:21 pm

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Tuesday January 19, 2010, 5:12 am
Things should all be doen with common sense in mind....

Sue L (63)
Tuesday January 19, 2010, 9:13 am
I see the local efforts to gather things to send to Haiti have started here in Minneapolis and St Paul Minnesota. Please, give MONEY instead. That is what is truly needed now, along with our prayers and positive thoughts.
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