Help for Haiti

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 15, 2010


The funk is still there. But at least there is a way to help.

My first instinct is to “go”. But that is simply not a reality.

So we shall give instead.

And if the Lord calls us, in a year…or two…or three…we shall go and be the hands and feet that we can’t be in this moment now.

I know many people here are hurting financially.  But you can still help. I’ve read of others planning on just eating rice and beans, and using that extra money they saved to donate.  Skip going out to eat this month.  Stay inside for date night…make a nice meal and rent a movie from the library…and donate what you would have spent.

We are SO blessed in this country, and I have no doubt that each of us can find a creative way to give to those who so desperately need it!

What can you do…

1. Pray. For those hurting.  For those rescuing. For those mourning. For those separated by distance.  For those waiting for news. Pray.

2. Give. We will be giving money directly to a Christian ministry, yet to be decided.

A complete list of ministries who will directly help the people of Haiti.

Let’s get those dollars flowing to those who NEED them. Desperately need them.

If you plan to blog about ways you are helping, be sure to link up at Money Saving Mom and let us know you’ve joined in the Help for Haiti campaign.  I’ll be dropping links and comments all over the place today…and I encourage you to do the same.

Let’s raise some $$$$!!!!!!!

$5 feeds our family dinner.  I know that $5 would feed AT LEAST 10, maybe 20, Haitians!  That being said…

For each link or comment left on this post, Steve and I will donate $5, up to $500, for the relief efforts in Haiti. Simply tell us in what ways you have given, or plan to give to those in Haiti.

UPDATED!  We’ve already hit the $500 goal…thank you!  Please keep leaving comments and linking up, as Steve and I will discuss and plan how we can give long term to the relief efforts!  Perhaps earmarking $ for a trip to help rebuild, or to give again in 6 months, as the need will still be great, long after the media coverage wanes.

Keep linking and commenting on others’ posts…the more comments…the more $$$ raised for those in need!!!

So link up and comment away…

{ 129 comments… read them below or add one }

Elyn January 15, 2010 at 5:44 pm

I would really encourage people to give to one of the large relief organizations that has people on the ground RIGHT NOW. The Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders will be able to put your money to use immediately whereas many of these Christian organizations will not be able to get people into the area for quite awhile.


Paula N. January 15, 2010 at 6:06 pm is a wonderful place to go for information and donations. I just donated through there. I know that money goes directly to emergency response and supplies.


Rose January 15, 2010 at 7:21 pm

We are one step ahead of you. And yes Money is very tight here as well, so we immediately rolled our change jar (included $1 coins), and took in our recyclables. The total was $128 Canadian!
Not only that but the Canadian Government will match the funds so it is actually $256 Canadian.


Jean January 15, 2010 at 7:25 pm

I donated yesterday to Doctors Without Borders after hearing them say they were on the ground in Haiti but had NOTHING to help the people with. It broke my heart. I can do without so much of what I have. I will be giving again – thank you for the list of missions.


Laura January 15, 2010 at 7:40 pm

we plan to donate some $ to compassion international where we also sponsor 3 children through.


Lori Z. January 15, 2010 at 10:46 pm

We’ve given $10 to Yele and donated 49 swagbucks (all I had). I am very excited to hear that you guys are thinking long term. We donated $100 directly to a Haitian women’s clothing collection group last year and it was really gratifying. I think their base was out of the Domincan Republic so hopefully not many were in Port-au-Prince.


Kathy January 15, 2010 at 11:23 pm

My Rite Aid rebate check came in the mail today. I cashed it and it put it in the special offering that my church will be taking on Sunday.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 16, 2010 at 8:42 am


Great idea Kathy!!!


ami@40daystochange January 16, 2010 at 12:14 am

seeing all the bloggers reaching out to help melts my heart. I’ll give $2 to the Red Cross for every comment on my blog (even as little as “Help Haiti”) before Monday night at 11:59


Alexandra January 16, 2010 at 4:54 am

I’m praying for the people in Haiti and living comments in blogs like this one. Thank you son much for doing this, God bless you!!


Amber S January 16, 2010 at 8:48 am

I texted Haiti to 90999.


Emily January 16, 2010 at 11:34 am

I am donating my Swagbuck points to the cause and commenting on generous blogs like yours. :)


Theresa January 16, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Thanks so much for sharing that link to all the organizations who are helping in the relief efforts…very helpful!


JoAnn January 16, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Thank you


Ann January 16, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Praying for Haiti


ACB January 16, 2010 at 7:57 pm

I donated to Heartline Ministries – Americans running an orphanage and clinic in Haiti – at


2RealEyes Hop3 January 17, 2010 at 5:43 am

thank you. I will be sharing heartwarming stories that bring hope and a sense of togetherness and friendship for those who are lost and/or suffering; we all can be that friend, that someone who can make a difference, if only we look a little deeper, and dare to think a little greater… in loving memory of ga


Amanda C January 17, 2010 at 11:39 am

Thanks so much for doing this. I am leaving as many comments as possible.


Carol January 17, 2010 at 2:11 pm

My son’s school is a Global School, they are taking up donations to give to the Red Cross starting on Wed. They say that just 3.00 will buy a case of water…we plan on giving generously and sending several cases of water to the rescue efforts.


Sharron January 17, 2010 at 3:04 pm

I appreciate all of you that are sending money to Haiti, they need all the help that they can get. They also need lots of prayers.


Cathy January 17, 2010 at 3:54 pm



Alyssa Schroeder January 17, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Thanks for doing this! I have donated to Compassion & Red Cross. I am also donating $1-$2 for every comment on my blog to Compassion International:


Michelle Sanders Brinson January 18, 2010 at 10:53 am

Thanks! I’ve donated via Compassion.


The Shade Expert January 20, 2010 at 1:57 pm

The Expert from our blog:

Here at The Shade Experts our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and their families of Haiti. The Shade Experts USA office is located in South Florida where many families have been affected by this tragedy. The Shade Experts have made a monetary contribution to The Red Cross. We urge all business, small and large, to contribute during their time of extreme need. For all of our customers and everyone who has been affected by this tradegy, we have you in our thoughts and prayers.


Pamela Lucas January 23, 2010 at 2:25 am

Hubby and I are flat broke, so we can’t just send cash. However, I decided to do a fundraiser with my chocolate business. Please go to my blog and check it out!


ren finch January 28, 2010 at 10:36 am

my candle is lit.


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