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Haiti.

My heart is breaking for Haiti right now. If only it were as calm & peaceful as this picture right now. But it’s not, it’s been rocked by a massive 7.0 earthquake. As a lifelong New Englander, I have been lucky enough to never have had to experience an earthquake. I can’t possibly imagine what these people are going through.

I’ve been looking at coverage all day, watching the numbers of dead & injured pile up but it was when I read this blog post by Virginia Montanez that I just started crying and couldn’t really stop. The thought of all of the children there, in a yard, just waiting for help that may or may not come is just killing me.

I’ve never really felt so helpless in my entire life. These are the times when I wish was independently wealthy, or was a doctor, or could just take off at a moments notice to volunteer in any way that I can. Sadly, I’m none of those things so I just sit here and watch and hope that things will be okay, even if it’s just a little bit. Tonight as I was putting Violet to bed she asked, “Why are you so sad Mama”? so I had to figure out a way to tell her why without well, totally traumatizing her. After I told her she said “We need to fly in a plane to get them and bring them home”. Yes kid, we totally do.

Jesse & I donated 10.00 by texting “Haiti” to 90999. 100% of the $10 donation goes to Red Cross for Haiti relief and your carrier keeps nothing. They’ve raised over a million dollars so far, I only hope that that number continues to grow. Every little bit really will help. We’re also waiting to see if they’ll be taking blood donations. I just read that American Airlines is going to be flying Doctors & Nurses down for free, you can call 212-697-9767 for more information.

Throughout the day I’ve come across many links about how you can help or donate to the cause. I thought I’d use this post to pass them along to anyone who hasn’t seen them already. So please peeps, I am begging you, take a look at these links and do anything you can. If you don’t know what to do, call your local Red Cross and ask. In the meantime, count your lucky stars, hug the shit out of your loved ones and be thankful for every single thing you have.

10 Ways to Help the Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts on Planet Green

Haiti Earthquake: How to Help on The Takeaway

American Red Cross Haiti Relief: How To Help Haiti Victims, Where To Submit Donations on The Huffington Post

The Newsroom on The American Red Cross

A regularly updated list of agencies responding to the crisis and accepting donations on interaction.org

Haiti earthquake: News updates on CNN

Haiti Earthquake coverage on Twitter via The Huffington Post

Vegan Bake Sales For Haiti on The Post Punk Kitchen

Partners in Health on The Arcade Fire website

*Photo courtesy of M Eriksson

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