How to Help the People of Haiti as Situation Grows More Dire

Regular readers know that from time to time I try to step outside of the world of sports and use whatever small level of influence I may have here at MSF to help good causes.

Unfortunately, as you surely know by now, a “good” cause was recently created by the tragic earthquake that struck Haiti.

I spent a good portion of the evening listening to TV reports from Haiti describing the utter destruction and despair consuming this already near-destitute nation. The reports are both gut wrenching and heart breaking.

What makes the reports even harder to watch is the ubiquitous feeling expressed by every reporter that the crescendo of horror in Haiti has not yet reached its zenith.

how-to-help-haiti - where to donate to haiti relief effortOne of the words that I have heard used most often to describe the mood of the people in Haiti, at least in relation to how they are relating to eachother, is civil. However, there is an ominous expectation that if aid is not able to get to the people more efficiently and effectively, that mood of civility could soon be replaced by anxiety, anger, and the desperation of self- and family-preservation.

It is just a horrible, tragic, indescribably unfortunate situation.

Immediately upon hearing about the earthquake I navigated to the American Red Cross website to donate what little money I could afford for the relief effort. As soon as I am done writing this post I am going to donate a little bit more.

I tell you this only in hopes that it helps encourage you to do the same, should you be so inclined.

Granted, there is a logistical bottleneck that is delaying the receipt of aid by the people who need it. In my opinion though, that should not discourage us from giving what we can to help a society that has very little ability – if any – to help itself right now.

Here are some links where you can donate to help the people the Haiti. The one at the top is where I donated:

For more resources, this article at lists many other places where you can donate to help the earthquake victims in Haiti.

Quick request: if you donate, please leave a comment. You don’t need to say how much you donated, but perhaps just seeing people contributing will help encourage others to follow suit.

Now, not that it should be necessary in any way to make this post relevant, but there is at least one decidedly Midwestern sports angle to this story; it involves Colts WR Pierre Garcon.

For two days after the initial tremors struck Port-au-Prince, Garcon had not heard from family members still in Haiti. Fortunately, Garcon was able to make contact with some of his relatives today. Some, however, still are unaccounted for:

A visibly drained Garçon said many of his family members still are unaccounted for. He appreciates the outpouring of support for the nation, but says more help is needed.

The second-year player says it’s difficult to focus on Saturday’s playoff game against Baltimore, but it’s “something you’ve got to do.”

Hopefully Pierre is able to hear from all of his relatives and they turn out to be okay.

Thank you for reading. Please donate what you can. The situation in Haiti is only going to get worse, but regardless of political leanings I hope that everyone can respect and identify with what President Obama said about the people Haiti earlier today:

“To the people of Haiti, we say clearly and with conviction, you will not be forsaken. You will not be forgotten.”


* – Picture of Haitian child: screen grab from BBC video

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About Jerod Morris

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  1. Thanks so much for providing this resource to help us all learn how we can contribute. Much appreciation.

  2. I knew there was a big earthquake, I knew there were ravaged families and I knew Haiti was in a bad state, but I guess when I read about the carnage, I was in my office and not able to completely focus on what I was reading. Sitting here in the quiet of my home and reading this post I realize what exactly has happened in Haiti. People are lost, scared, trapped and in misery while I am sitting here in my living room nice and cozy. Im not the richiest man in the world and in fact times are rather tough, but between pictures and this article I found that I could not close my browser without donating something. The point of the rambling is that I want you to step out of yourself for a moment. Look around you and how lucky you are. Now think about how 10 bucks can go towards making someone else feel that way again. Good work Jerod.

    • Well said. The sad part, as my girlfriend point out to me last night, is that there are millions of people suffering right here in our own country too who need help. I guess sometimes it takes the jarring images and stories we're seeing from Haiti to galvanize action. Either way, it's just a terrible story and hopefully some good somewhere can come out of this. I don't know how, where, when, or why that could happen…but I think the people of Haiti deserve something good. You're right…a lot of us may not be rolling in cash ourselves, but we are certainly 100X better off than the majority of the Haitian population, especially now and even before the quake. What amounts to little more than few bucks to us would go a long way towards helping the recovery and rebuilding effort.

  3. great post buddy. just donated too. thoughts and prayers out to everyone being affected…

  4. Just donated. Appreciate the links Jerod. The amount of devastation in Haiti is simply mind boggling.

    • Thanks Darrell. It is mind-boggling, and sadly, there is just no efficient way to get the people what they need right now. Hopefully some of the logistical problems can be worked around in the coming days.

  5. I've donated!!!

  6. May God bless those in Haiti, and Haitians all over.

  7. kentisa simspon says:

    hope for all thoes in hati get better and god bless

  8. sebastian ricco says:

    if i want to take food where should i take it and what stuff should i take?????????? i am from san diego CA, pleAse tell me where to take help for haiti:(

    • The best guidance I can provide is the set of links included in this post. There may be places to take actual food items, but I'm not sure where they would be.

  9. Haiti has endured a long history of hardships. As the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, 80 percent of Haiti’s population is living below the poverty line, surviving on less than $2 a day. Following decades of political instability, corruption, economic injustice and natural disasters, Haiti was further devastated in 2008 by a series of tropical storms and hurricanes.

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    How can we help Haiti?

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