I tried to find a photo of post-earthquake Haiti that was evocative but not too gritty. This was the best I could do. The situation in Haiti, right now, is pretty darn gritty. These people need our help and, despite what you may think, the vast majority of us are in a position to provide that help.
This past year was tough on so many of us. Lots of people lost their jobs and even more, like my hubby, took drastic pay cuts and felt lucky to do so (the alternative being so much worse). Still, if you are healthy, well fed, and not living in a box, you do have something to spare.
I am asking you to look at the situation in Haiti and express your gratitude, that you do not live there, by making a donation to one of the relief funds (check to see if you employer will match your contribution). Choose a reputable organization (the Red Cross is always a safe bet) and give what you can.
We made our contribution through MSF/Doctors Without Borders, a Nobel Peace Prize winning, relief organization, whose mission it is to help those in great need, regardless of race, religion, politics or gender. They already had a presence in Haiti. So, despite their loses (lives & equipment), they were already on the ground and helping from the moment it was possible to do so.
You can find out more about them at the above link (TSF/Knitters Without Borders is a fundraising site for MSF/DWB) or you can go directly to www.doctorswithoutborders.org to make a donation.
Remember, the ocean was filled on drop at a time. Together, we can make a difference (cliche but true).