I confess that I am a very slow texter. I really don’t even understand the point. If you’re texting you obviously have a phone in your hand so why not just call and have a real conversation. My teenagers are as quick as mosquitoes. They know all the texting lingo and shorthand. I still use correct English, way not cool. But in the wake of this tragic Haiti earthquake, I can see the value of texting.
If you’re like me you want to do something, anything. And maybe like me, you feel pretty helpless and don’t know what to do. Texting to the rescue. Never has giving aid been easier or more painless. You can give a donation of $10 to the American Red Cross by simply texting “Haiti” to 90999. You can also donate $5 to Wyclef Jean’s Haitian Earthquake Relief Fund by simply texting “Yele” to 501501. Nothing could be easier. These are both organizations that are already on the ground in Haiti. They are both well established and have been doing good work for years.
And you don’t have to do anything but pull out your cell phone. The charge will be added to your next cell phone bill. I know it may not be as much as you might like to do, but in this case it may just be the next best thing to actually being there. And if we all give just a little, I believe that we can save lives and impact people in the best possible way for many years to come. Some of the most profound acts of kindness in my life, have been seemingly small things to the person doing the giving. They may not even have known how much their act of generosity really meant to me.
But I have not forgotten any kindness, any kind deed, any word of encouragement or any act of generosity. I still remember my first grade teacher, Mrs. Pitts, she always shared her lunch with me and let me have her cake. For a six year old without lunch or money Mrs. Pitts was an Angel. You too can be an instant Angel, to the people of Haiti, with just a text message.