What can one person(YOU)do-Help is desperately needed in Haiti

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance

Hi Everybody-As many of you know I have been working since mid September at a non-profit organization that ships medical supplies, sneakers, teddy bears and much more. I was officially back to volunteering at the end of the year but had volunteered two days a week last week and then two days this week and was planning on having the rest of the week to work at my VA job and get some things done for myself.

Well plans changed when this earthquake devastated Haiti. Anytime there is a natural disaster we are right in the middle of it. Gearing up to send lifesaving medical supplies, water, basic necessities that we all take for granted but would need if disaster struck any one of us. I sat in on a staff meeting when I was there yesterday to decide what we were going to do about setting up collection sites.

We are at a local grocery store today from 4-7p.m. and Friday from 1-8 and 10-4 Saturday at Sam's Club. It was fascinating and wonderful to watch a team of nine people pull together to organize relief effort. I loved it. It just did my heart good to see this. I know a lot of people say we need to do something but what can one person do you might ask. A LOT!!!!!

What is the #1 thing that our body needs most of all besides food and we can't live without. SIMPLE.

 Water!!!!!

 

When faced with a survival situation, clean drinkable water is often the most important consideration. People have survived without food for weeks or even months, but go without water for even just one day and the survivor will be in desperate straights indeed.

Knowing that water is by far the most important nutrient for the human body (besides oxygen) and, in particular, during a survival situation when finding potable water may not be easy, the question becomes - just how long can the human body survive without adequate water? I listened to the news this morning and last night and it is supposed to be 90* in Haiti today.

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Now how much does a case of bottled water cost? $4.00-$5.00 So can you afford a case of water to help out? If you eat at a fast food restaurant or anywhere out once a week then you can afford the $5 it cost for a case of bottled water.

I bought this case of water at Wal-mart and it cost $3.88 plus tx.  There is so many ways to help and if everybody does a little it adds up to a LOT!!!!!!

This is the website where you can donate as little as $5 for that case of water or as much as $250

In addition I have read a few posts today about where you can help. There are many places.  I read one that was a feature post and it had an extensive list of places where you can HELP IN THE RELIEF EFFORT

There are also different organizations listed HERE plus a video about avoiding SCAMS.

As Americans we always come together in a crisis and this is no different. I am most proud to be an American and am very lucky and blessed to be able to know that where I work sometimes and volunteer sometimes makes a difference in people's lives.  So YES, one person together with another and another can make a world of difference.pic

 

It reminds me of this video: WE ARE THE WORLD

Posted by

Sharon Lee

Comments (10)

Claude Cross
Homes By Cross, Inc. - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte NC Homes For Sale

The human toll of this disaster is unimaginable. $25 goes a long way. That little donation is cheap, simple, and most effective. The other is prayer.  Good informative post.

Jan 14, 2010 11:07 AM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Thank you Sharon, this is great information. Water is so important, yet we take it for granted. I can't imagine how horrible it would be to be living in the midst of such a disaster.

Jan 14, 2010 11:09 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Sharon, I donated yesterday to the Red Cross and as I continue watching it, I am going to donate more.  This is the perfect song to put with this terrible tradgedy and we all need to pitch in to help as much as we can.

Jan 14, 2010 11:12 AM
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Sharon, I donated to Samaritans Purse earlier today.  As soon as you click on their website they have a place to donate for Haiti. I have followed their ministry for years. 

Jan 14, 2010 11:21 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
Sharon: I can certainly make time, and afford to help those in Haiti. I'll find a local charity that is helping.
Jan 14, 2010 11:24 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Sharon, I wrote a post today also with a web site for donations.

Jan 14, 2010 11:26 AM
Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

We donated today too, and I couldnt believe they were saying that just one gallon of water may cost $10 over there right now. So sad. They need all our help for sure.

 

Jan 14, 2010 12:32 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Everybody-Thank you for all doing something. You are awesome. I have to work early so I will catch up with everybody tomorrow. Thank you and God Bless. <SMILE>This is for YOU

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Jan 14, 2010 02:06 PM
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Sharon - what a powerful reminder to all of us to wake up and do our part for those that have been hit with this tragedy.  Just watching some of the videos of it had me in tears and water is definitely one of those things that most of us take for granted.  It's just another reminder to be continuosly thankful for all those little things that are the blessings of life!

Jan 15, 2010 01:04 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Sharon, I knew you would be in the middle of this HELP effort. Thanks for pointing us all toward additional resources to help.

Jan 15, 2010 05:24 AM