I’m crying for Haiti. I’m so glad my children haven’t been victims of such tragedy. I appreciate being safe and healthy and having my family greet me at the end of the day. I’m so appreciative that I want to open my pocketbook and send any “extra” to help one of those families, some of those children, less fortunate.
I remember this kind of sadness after 9/11. I didn’t wait for them to call, I picked up the phone and called the Red Cross. That eased just a little of the heartache. A few weeks later, the Retired Firefighters Association called. I couldn’t give my credit card number fast enough. God Bless those young men and women that raced into the fire so that others may live. But at that time, I didn’t know.
I didn’t know that people will use horrible tragedies like these to prey on my hurting heart, sucking money out of my wallet without a second thought. I didn’t know there were such things as fake charities. I really hadn’t conceived that a human being can stoop so low. Rest assured, I’ve learned they can, and they do.
So as valiantly as so many of us will rush to the aide of the Haiti victims with love and generosity, so, too, will the lowest among us rush to take advantage of our state of heart, making victims out of us as well. So we, at the BBB, do our very best to put a stop to that. We hope you will let us help you ensure that your money is going to provide the relief and services you intend. Check out the charity yourself. One place you can do that is bbb.org. Get the peace of mind that you are supporting an organization that really knows how to support disaster relief. There really are a precious few. When you find the one, give generously. Our brothers and sisters in Haiti deserve our attention and resources. Let’s make sure THEY get it, and not someone else.