Polly sigh

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

While organizations around the globe are gathering resources to assist Haitians, it is imperative that those resources remain plentiful. The devastation is enormous and the road to rebuild will be long and arduous, which means expenses will compound and funding will be critical.

I read about relief efforts every day and the generosity of people locally and globally. While we all cannot write checks with multiple zeros on the end or travel to Haiti to offer our medical expertise, there are many ways you and I can make a difference. I encourage you to pause for a moment and consider how you can help. Relief efforts multiply when we assign the majority with the task to contribute.

A simple way to contribute is to pull out your cell phone and text the word HAITI to 90999. A $10 donation will be made to the American Red Cross and will appear on your phone bill. Another great way to aid is through your frequent flyer miles or hotel points. Visit individual airline and hotel websites for information on how to donate your points. If you have the gift of time, I encourage you to get involved with your local organizations with gathering clothing and other essentials that will be sent to survivors of the earthquake.

I also encourage you to talk to with your children about the importance of helping others. Set a positive example by telling them how your family is helping other families in Haiti. If your children are fortunate enough to receive a weekly or monthly allowance, suggest that they make a donation as well. Yes, their $5 or $10 contribution will help with relief efforts, but the lasting impact of helping others will be invaluable.

For more information on how you can contribute, visit www.redcross.org or www.care.org.