From the Intern Desk - Christine

Donations to Haiti

Christine DiGangi

There’s something I have to confess – I haven’t donated to Haiti yet. It’s the fourth week of my internship, and I’ve spent most of it urging others to do exactly what I haven’t done myself.

My job requires e-mailing schools to inform them of “Students Helping Haiti” and how crucial their support is to the lives of the earthquake victims. On my Facebook page, I asked for others to realize the need for help. I’ve e-mailed my university, getting them on-board with the cause.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told someone “Your donation WILL make a difference” these past few weeks. Not an hour goes by that I don’t visit the donation page. In fact, it’s currently open in my web browser.

It’s not that I don’t want to donate – I do. I’m helping to run a fundraising campaign. I, more than anyone, should understand the value of “every little bit counts,” and my donation should have been one of the first to hit the bank.

But like some people, perhaps yourself, I have my not-so-excusable excuses. I’m a 20-year-old, broke college student living in Rome, and the conversion rate from US Dollars to Euros isn’t helping my case. I lost my credit card (I really did), so I can’t donate that way until I receive my replacement. I’m not currently in the US or Canada, so I can’t do a simple text message donation.

I’ve thought about this several times, and each time I tell myself to make the donation today, whenever I get the chance. And usually, in some way, I get too busy asking other people to contribute that I pass by the opportunity. At the end of the day, I’ll think to myself, “Ah, I missed it.”

I’m wrong. I haven’t missed anything, and neither have the rest of the people who haven’t spared some change for the Haitians. In this crisis, the ability to help has only just begun, as the operation will last until the end of 2010. The urgent need for food does call for immediate action, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to show support.

In a matter of minutes, lives and the country of Haiti were damaged, and it will take months to rebuild what’s been broken. Luckily, in a matter of seconds, you can help mend it. Remember that the next time you see something about helping Haiti.

For now, I have a donation to make.