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Give a Helping Hand to Haiti

The world grieved on Jan. 12, 2010 when an earthquake hit Haiti. The death toll reached 200,000 people making the natural disaster one of the deadliest in recent times. The United States reached out to help Haiti by bringing over food, water and medical aid for the families who survived the catastrophe. George Clooney and many other stars held a telethon to collect money for Hope for Haiti.

With all the talk in the media about people trying to help the Haitians, many college students are probably wondering where they can go to donate money and their services. Some students may think, “Well I don’t have much to give, so there is nothing I can do.” But every little bit counts and could help a family in need. Here’s what you can do:

  1. You could text “Haiti” to the number 90999 and just by one simple text message $10 will be donated to the American Red Cross to help the families in Haiti.
     
  2. You can also contact the American Red Cross and donate blood for the survivors who were injured and are in desperate need of blood in order to survive.
     
  3. The association is also taking volunteers to help rebuild the country and to care for the injured. They are treating 500 people per day.

The relief operation in Haiti is the single largest operation in Red Cross history. They are hoping for more donations to expand the operation. Everyone can help and donating money is not the only way. If you can’t afford to donate money, get out there and donate blood to save lives. Every single person can make a difference. Every life deserves a chance. Give someone a chance.