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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Freely Giving Friday (one day late): Comment & We'll Donate! Plus, More Ways To Help!

I know I've already written about my conviction to help the people of Haiti, and even gave you a few ideas on how to help. Since then, though, a lot of new information has surfaced! Also, a wave of generosity has overtaken the blogging world. It's incredible!

I haven't done a Freely Giving Friday in some time, so I thought this would be a great topic!

First of all, I am joining up with Money Saving Mom and many other bloggers in the "Help For Haiti" drive. For every person who leaves a comment on this post, my husband and I will donate $1 to the World Vision Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund. Please comment!!! More than ever...please comment! Tell us how you will help the people of Haiti, or that your thoughts/prayers are with them. Say whatever you would like to say, but comment so that more money can be given towards the cause! If you're a blogger, feel free to leave a link to your blog where you are also participating in this Drive.

Second of all, a lot more information has become available on ways to give. Here are some more ideas, in addition to what I already listed in the last post:
  • Donate Swag Bucks! What a great way to help out, without costing you a dime! If money is tight, but you have been swagging, donate some of your swag bucks! I know I will definitely be doing this!
  • Donate Recycle Bank Points. One of the categories for prizes is "Donations," and Haiti is one of the options!
  • Text "Haiti" to 90999 to send a $10 donation to American Red Cross.
  • I wasn't sure when I made my first post on Haiti, but it does look like quite a few places are taking item donations of all kinds: canned goods, toiletry items, linens, etc. This is a great way to donate for free! As a couponer, we are able to get many items for free or next-to-free. Donate some of those items to the cause. Great way to give, if you are struggling financially and can not give money. Jenny has put together a great list of places that are accepting item donations
  • Go visit Money Saving Mom's Haiti Drive. Comment on her post, and comment on some of the other bloggers' posts who have linked up there (There are over 350!). Everywhere you leave a comment means more money being given to the cause!
  • Money is the number one need, so if you are able to give financially, check out this list of authentic organizations that you can make a donation to.
Finally, beware of scams. Sadly, there are many people out there taking advantage of this situation and trying to take your money. Give to the suggested organizations at the above link. And read this article about what to be careful of when donating money. I'd hate for the money to go to the wrong place, and not get sent to Haiti.

If your family is a praying family, remember to keep praying. Right now, I think the main concern is the airport situation. Pray that aid would get there quickly without problems. I think it's so amazing to see how generous and willing the rest of the world is to run to the help of our neighbors in Haiti. I wish it was like this all the time. If only we had this much compassion on Haiti without an earthquake. Miracles would begin to take place...

Thank you for what you are going to do! Comment below!!! It's a way to "freely give" help to Haiti! God bless!

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Anonymous Morgane said...

I will be donating swag bucks and hopefully making a donation to the red cross or a similar organization soon. I am so happy to see the people of the world come together for those who need aid in Haiti.

January 17, 2010 at 12:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for Haiti - thanks for donating

January 17, 2010 at 12:36 AM  
Blogger Susan H. said...

Praying as well.. I plan to have my little ones in Sunday School tomorrow come up with ideas on how they can help the people and children of Haiti!!! God Bless you Meg for being so generous!

January 17, 2010 at 1:10 AM  
Blogger Kelipso said...

Thanks for doing this!

January 17, 2010 at 1:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will be donating clothes that I have been meaning to clean out. My neighbors and I are gathering things to donate together in one trip to a drop off center.

January 17, 2010 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger Blessed Blackman Bunch said...

Praying for Haiti. Looking forward to donating more. Thanks for sharing all the news and allowing ut so comment/donate in this way! :)

January 17, 2010 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger Alison said...

Thanks for doing this! I've been looking for ways to donate to Haiti and this is my first step. WE're also going to make a donation through Yele, Wyclef Jean's non-profit. Thanks again!

January 17, 2010 at 10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anna said...

I have been keeping Haiti, its earthquake victims, the relief workers, families and everyone affected by the tragedy in my prayers. I have also donated my SwagBucks and MyPoints to relief efforts in Haiti. Thank you so much for your generosity!

January 17, 2010 at 11:12 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Thanks for all the links of ways to help! We've been praying for these people as well. I wish I had more to donate.

January 17, 2010 at 12:34 PM  
Anonymous Lauren Alex said...

praying for Haiti! you are amazing for getting the word out there Meagan. Thanks so much for doing this! I am going through old clothes and stuff and taking it up to UNF student union which is taking donations.

January 17, 2010 at 2:29 PM  
Anonymous Kitty said...

I only just started with the Swag bucks, but I'll donate what I have now (its just 6).
Also, I've got food, toddler clothes and toys, womens clothes, mens clothes, towels, sheets, and some other things I'm gathering to take to a location for Haiti. I just have to find somewhere to take the stuff- It's a lot of stuff!
And thanks for this post, Maegan!

January 17, 2010 at 3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have such a good heart!

January 17, 2010 at 4:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We donated to Red Cross by texting Haiti. Hope everyone can do this, they need so much there. It's hard to see so many children starving for food and water.
Aunt Kelly and Uncle Tony

January 17, 2010 at 4:12 PM  
Anonymous Danielle Goodman said...

Megan, This is So awesome... Thanks for all you are doing... I donate today through Church.. they collected money after each service different from the normal offering and after just counting the checks we had 30,000 dollars... and there was a lot of cash as well so Praise God for that!!!!! And you better believe I will be over there the second they allow me
Danielle Goodman

January 17, 2010 at 4:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am so happy you are doing this, it truely shows what kind of people you are. i have donated clothes and food to go and hope it helps out.they are all in our thoughts and prayers.....

January 17, 2010 at 6:07 PM  
Blogger Charisse said...

Have donated clothes and will make a special monetary donation. Will continue to pray. MM.

January 17, 2010 at 8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for all you do. God bless those in Haiti and you too.

January 18, 2010 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger Julianne Hendrickson said...

praying for all those involved. donated to dave ramsey's group that went through relief support.

January 18, 2010 at 5:11 PM  
Blogger Creations by Rachel said...

Thank you for doing this - I will be praying for Haiti as well!

January 18, 2010 at 5:12 PM  
Blogger montaguetraylor said...

Thanks, Meagan, for your efforts to help in Haiti. I am enjoying your blog. You really helped me through a bad depression this winter because I was able to have something to look forward to. I am now hooked on coupons, freebies, etc. Thanks Again, Barbara

January 19, 2010 at 7:50 AM  
Anonymous Barbara said...

Thanks, Meagan, for your efforts to help in Haiti. I am enjoying your blog. You really helped me through a bad depression this winter because I was able to have something to look forward to. I am now hooked on coupons, freebies, etc. Thanks Again, Barbara

January 19, 2010 at 7:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're awesome thanks for doing this!

January 19, 2010 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

I will be donating swag bucks and atleast donating the American Red Cross for the relief efforts. Thank you so much for doing something like this and for getting out the word on various ways that we can help! You are amazing!!! Our prayers are with the victims, families, friends, volunteers, and relief workers and their families in this desperate time of need!

January 19, 2010 at 3:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for doing this!

January 19, 2010 at 4:09 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

I have not stopped praying for the people in Haiti- I have donated SwagBucks- Which I am new to thanks to Meg for showing me how to do it- Since December I have gotten others to join SB and donate as well- Myself and my family will not stop sending Haiti our prayers!
Thank you so much for this wonderful,generous thing you are doing!!

January 22, 2010 at 2:04 AM  
Blogger Zionsmama said...

Thanks for doing this. That is very kind of you. We should all try to do what we can to help each other out.

January 22, 2010 at 8:16 AM  
Blogger Tracy Campbell said...

Praying for Haiti!!! Thank you for doing this and allowing us to help :) Love this site SO much!!!

January 23, 2010 at 10:43 AM  
Anonymous Tammy said...

Thank you for this! Many prayers to Haiti.

January 23, 2010 at 3:22 PM  
Blogger Maryse said...

I found your blog from your guest post on I Heart Publix and found it very informative and well-written.
I admire what you are doing to help our Haitian neighbors on your blog. I have made my donation to the Red Cross and will now be donating my Swagbucks as well (I didn't know I could do that until I read it here!). I'm a new fan. Keep up the good work!

January 25, 2010 at 11:39 AM  
Anonymous Angie said...

my prayers are with all the people and their families... so sad.

January 28, 2010 at 3:50 PM  
Blogger Merritt said...

It is a wonderful thing that you are doing!

January 28, 2010 at 11:11 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

they are in my prayers

January 29, 2010 at 12:53 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

Found you through the Freeze Challenge from FishMama. God Bless!

January 31, 2010 at 10:24 PM  
Blogger Claire said...

Praying for Haiti.

February 6, 2010 at 6:41 PM  
Anonymous brie B said...


February 10, 2010 at 1:37 AM  
Blogger Lenka said...

I donate via another blog. This is great idea.

February 12, 2010 at 9:08 PM  

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