Friday, January 15, 2010
After hurricane Katrina, one of my friends went to Home Depot, bought as many gas generators as he could fit into his car, gathered a friend or two, then drove to Mississippi where he found actual people who could use the generators. After he gave away all the generators, he drove home.
I loved that approach, how direct and personal and successful he was. He actually helped! Wow. Right now I'm sending Reiki to Haiti around the clock, and of course I've sent my paltry $10 through the cell phone. Though I would also be very willing to send more money somewhere, I'm hesitating because I have no idea which organizations could best use it. I am not a cynic, but I always worry about relief effort getting sidetracked somewhere enroute to places where something disastrous has happened. The NY Times had a good article yesterday, advising people to send money to organizations that are already working in Haiti. But - which one? It's so confusing.
Why did this happen to Haiti? An earthquake in the Caribbean? What gives? It seems completely unfair.