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I know none of you need an explanation as to what happened, and I doubt many need any persuasion as to why our collective, humanitarian focus should be on the nation of Haiti, but I feel that we at the Cup need to give our support to the millions of people whose lives were tragically, suddenly, and undeservedly changed forever just a few days ago. Nearly one-hundred thousand people are presumed to be dead as a result of the greatest earthquake in the recorded history of Haiti. That is eight Ole Miss undergraduate student bodies. Gone. In a time span which is a relative blink-of-an-eye. Left behind are millions of people who now must grieve, bury their dead, rebuild their homes, and restore their lives to some fledgling sense of normalcy.
We know how this feels. As the readership of this blog is comprised mostly of Southerners, specificially Mississippians, we all were personally affected by the costliest national disaster in American history: Hurricane Katrina. Whether directly or vicariously, we all saw the effects a sometimes cruel and indifferent planet can have on us. We all know how demolished infrastructure, wrecked homes, job loss, and the difficulties of rebuilding can severely weaken the will of the human spirit to endure.
Yet, while nothing we can ever do will fully assuage the anguish these people must feel, we can help these people.
Right now, thousands of soldiers, doctors, engineers, and rescue workers are doing everything they can to get into Haiti and, despite numerous difficulties, deliver medicine, water, food, supplies, and helping hands to those in need. We are not those saintly people, risking their personal safety and sacrificing their time to aid the Haitians. We would want to be those people, I am sure, but personal obligations will otherwise keep us safely put. We have families to care for, jobs to do, and homes to maintain. We can, however, help those who are helping them.
I know it is not much, but I would like to provide you with some quick links to various organizations which are accepting monetary donations which will be channeled directly into Haitian relief efforts. These are organizations you have heard of and they are, of course, organizations which you can trust:
Furthermore, if you know of any local organizations (church groups, university clubs or organizations, Greek organizations, etc.) which are collecting donations of food, supplies, or other sundries our Haitian brothers and sisters need, please do not hesitate to use the comments thread below to keep all of us in the loop.
Thank you all.