How to help

I woke up in the middle of the night last night, thinking about themothers in Haiti sitting there lying there pinned there in the dark. Listening to their children cry, not being able to get to them to comfort them. Or, if they were lucky enough not to be trapped, holding their children until daylight came and they could figure out what to do. Not crying, because women don't cry if it will scare our children. Singing, probably, to keep away the fear, and maybe praying, too.

The easiest way to help is to text the word YELE to 501501 and a US$5 donation will be made to Yele Haiti, Wyclef Jean's foundation, with the money billed to your next mobile phone bill. (Thanks, Cedrick.)

You can also donate through the Red Cross, either at or by texting the word HAITI to 90999 to have a US$10 donation made to the Red Cross International Relief Fund. (Thanks, Chris, for the texting tip.)

You can also donate through the Mercy Corps:

Could those of you outside the US leave links in the comments for relief orgs in your country that are taking donations for Haiti relief? Thanks.

I'm thinking ahead to what happens in a week or two, and the survivors are probably going to need clothes. So the kids and I will go through our closets this weekend and get some warm-weather clothes in good condition ready to give when we're asked.

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me. "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day especially in times of "disaster", I remember my mother's words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers--so many caring people in this world." -- Mister Rogers