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Tragedy in Haiti offers all of us a way to help

The news of the recent earthquake in Haiti is simply devastating and certainly one of the saddest, heartbreaking stories I've heard in my life.

Still there is no accurate number available on exactly how many people were killed in the Jan. 12 earthquake, but many newspapers and news agencies providing coverage of the disaster have indicated the numbers could stagger into the thousands.

President Obama wasted no time ordering immediate emergency relief to those who survived the earthquake in Haiti. Because of his promptness, I'm certain many other lives have been spared.

Aside from our president, so many others have responded to the humanitarian effort, still under way. People from around the world are involved in this mission and that says so much about who they are -- unsung heroes -- out to help those who desperately need the help.

President Obama has requested that former Presidents Bush and Clinton help lead the aid effort for our country and both agreed. Amazingly, we're not so far part at all when it comes to human compassion. Too bad it can't work that way when it comes to politics.

These two men are to be commended for what they will be doing to help raise money for the Haiti relief effort. We sincerely owe them and all others involved in the relief effort a big debt of gratitude.

Watching the coverage of this terrible tragedy on CNN, it has really touched me. And to think I thought I had problems. Seeing all of what those in Haiti have gone through and the fact that hundreds of thousands no longer have anywhere to call home, my problems are so small in comparison.

I feel so compelled to help in whatever way I can, because I realize they need any and all help they can get. Besides, it's the Christian thing to do.

I'm going to do something to help and I'd like to request that our readers at The Mirror do the same.

I've always said we can't do a lot by ourselves, but together, we can do much to help others.

Some of the ways we can help these people is to gather a variety of supplies including: blankets, reading glasses, feminine products, disposable underwear, wound-dressing gauze, bandages, eye pad patches, blood pressure monitors, arm slings, diabetes blood sugar indicators and testing strips, cough medicine, crutches, ear drops, pins, scissors and forceps, drinking cups, toothbrushes, toothpaste, alcohol wipes, etc.

These are just a few of the items greatly needed right now. Let's see what we can do right here in McDuffie County to help provide help for those so devastated in Haiti. There are many relief sites in the Augusta area. And remember that financial donations can be made to the American Red Cross.

The help that we provide to these earthquake victims will come back to us in many ways. Let's all reach out and help and let's start today. The main thing we need to remember is that we need to do our part to help -- no matter how many supplies we can afford to buy or the amount of money we might be able to donate to various relief agencies.

By pitching in to help, we can all make the world a little better place.

Web posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010

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