How do you help a country that has been virtually wiped out? How do you begin to rebuild? How can you fathom the absolute horror of your world literally collapsing? Does God see the devastation, does he care? These are questions people have been asking this past week since the 7.3 quake hit that tiny, Carribean nation.
I want to answer some of the questions. When you have a crisis of this magntitude there is no way one nation, even the size of America, can handle it all. I have to admit the thing that fills up my bosom with pride when it comes to being an American is how we are the first to react to such tragedies without a second thought. That politics take a back seat when human beings are in need. Should North Korea suffer a similar fate tomorrow, Kim Jong il be…you know, we are helping those in North Korea. That is just how we are, it is how America is wired. And I think that is a pretty awesome trait we possess. So we have the will to help, so what can we do as a nation to help those in Haiti?
1. Give to reputable organizations
Places like the Red Cross, Salvation Army are good places and locate your local Latter Day Saint church and make a fast offering or designate that you want this money to go to help those in Haiti and it will be done. The LDS Church is often a shining beacon of hope in these kind of situations because we have storehouses with food, clothing, hygiene kits and other necessities already to go. We can get just about anywhere in 24 hours. In fact, this is from the church website:
Two planes, one departing from Denver as early as Thursday and another leaving from Miami later this week, will each include over 80,000 pounds of food and emergency resources such as tents, tarps, water filtration bottles and medical supplies donated by the Church. Transportation is being provided by Airline Ambassadors and Food for the Poor will aid with distribution in Haiti. http://www.lds.org
Please don’t take my mentioning the LDS Church, specifically, as a slight against other denominations but I mention the LDS because I can attest to the surety of the people who need the supplies receiving said supplies. Other churches just may not have the capabilities to provide the relief to Haiti as much as they would like to and the Catholic church has been demolished in that area. However all the LDS missionaries in that area are all accounted for. They are still working on accounting for all the members.
2. Donate blood
I don’t know how exactly this would work in a case such as thing, since it wouldn’t be going to someone local, but let the experts worry about the logistics, just donate your blood if you can. I cannot given that I am epileptic and the medicine I take for my seizures prevents me from giving blood. So if you are in good health, give your blood.
3. Check out your local radio stations.
I know often times your radio station will be working in cooperation with a reputable agency to help those in need. If you are in Los Angeles, check out KKGO (Go Country) 105.1 and others like KOST FM 103.5 are some good ones who contribute to causes like this. KKGO is working with World Concern I think it is. But check out their site and you can find out for yourself.
That being said, these are things I think we should NOT as a nation.
1) Have our government give their government money.
While I have no problem providing manpower and life necessities to help them get back on their feet. I have a real problem with our government giving them money. Mostly because I have absolutely no faith in either government that it will reach those in need. Obama has shown himself to be a weak and ineffectual money manager and I don’t see him overseeing where the money goes and seeing that it gets to those who desperately needs it. I think we need every LA contractor down in Haiti right now to show them how to build a building and make sure it is retrofitted. I live in Earthquake Central, we eat 7.3’s for lunch. I have lived through more than my fair share of earthquakes and some were some serious shakers but never so much as suffered a hangnail from any them. Because we know how to build our buildings here! Lastly, the reason I think we shouldn’t give them money is because it is not the government’s money, it is the taxpayer’s! Now if every taxpayer wants to donate money to Haiti, then God bless you all but it should be up to the people to okay the expenditure not the government who spends your money like it is water.
2. Bring the bulk of the survivors over here and grant them citizenship.
Burying our economy is not going to help those buried by the earthquake in Haiti. What Haiti needs is to rise up and demand their government be held accountable for the gross corruption and mismanagement, just as we are doing with our Tea Parties. The answer is not to bail out on your homeland but to do what it takees to make it better. We can’t take care of Mexico, the U.S and Haiti. If they want to transport them to Guam, Puerto Rico or somewhere else that is a territory of the U.S but not the U.S itself, that might be okay. But the last thing California, Florida, Texas and the rest of the border states need is more people on our doles. California literally had to have a garage sale for crying out loud to raise some dough, we cannot be taking care of every displaced survivor. If this was any other administration, I wouldn’t even worry about such a thing but with Obama, not is it likely I say it is inevitable. The sad thing is that if it was done it wouldn’t be out of any true altruism but out of greed and the need to buy voters. The 2012 is right around the corner and Dems are feeling the heat, what better way to save their image then by granting citizenship to those poor Haitians that they single-handedly saved?
In closing I want to answer the God question that many people are probably asking? Did God do this out of anger? Does he care about the people devastated by the earthquake? Yes, he cares. Those who perished are in his care, those who survived would do well to think about their eternal life and seek him. He wants all to return home to him. As for him being angry-well wouldn’t you be if your children were destroying your prized creation? But that is not why the Earth shook. If anything, it was a sign that Christ is returning soon and we better get our acts together now. It was his way of bringing some of his valiant children home while waking up the wicked. I hope you guys are awake now