I’ve rarely strayed outside of our topic on this blog, but I wanted to take a moment to encourage everyone to visit the following websites to make a donation. Haiti has been absolutely battered in the last couple of years, but yesterday’s earthquake pushed the suffering quotient to a heartbreaking peak. We should all do what we can to help out. [On a more personal level, my fiance Marie was born in Haiti, and during my years living in Miami, I was welcomed with open arms into the community. My Haitian soon-to-be family are some of the most gracious and big-hearted people I know and have taught me a good deal about perseverance, bravery, and compassion. America can learn a lot from Haiti.]

The White House Blog: Good gov’t resource with quick, easy ways to help. Complete with Obama’s recent address on the catastrophe. To donate $10 right now, text “Haiti” to 90999. (It will show up on your cell bill.)

US Aid: An effective, far-reaching organization.

American Red Cross

Wyclef Jean’s Yéle Haiti: A great aid organization established by Wyclef.

Oxfam: British charity organization

Doctors Without Borders: Numerous hospitals have collapsed and urgent medical attention is needed.

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