Food for Haiti

Posted by ♦***Admin--Dia***♦ on January 17th, 2010. Filed under: Vegetarian.

I know many blogs as well as websites have been raising money to help the relief effort in Haiti. But for those of you who would really like to donate, but can’t afford to, there is another option–Oxfam. Oxfam is a wonderful confederation dedicated to relieving famine in all parts of the world. It has over 15,000 stores and shops worldwide, where people can go to donate just about anything–Books, clothing, old records, tableware, crockery, curtains, etc. If you are wanting to help those affected by the devastating earthquake in Port-au-Prince, check to see if there is an Oxfam shop near you, and all of those books or clothes you don’t know what to do with, you can give away for a great cause. The money raised from the sale of these items goes straight to helping in their relief efforts.

Oxfam was one of the first charities there on the ground straight after this horrible disaster occurred. So far they have flown in over ten tonnes of water, sanitation, health and shelter equipment. They have also teamed up with the UN and other aid organizations to prevent more and more people from spending the night out in the open. Because of this multiple camps have now been set up around Port-au-Prince to give people somewhere to sleep.

The devastation is vast, there are no words really to paint a proper picture. If you are feeling helpless because you are not able to donate an enormous amount of money, sift through some of your things and pop down to your local Oxfam shop.

The volunteers working in these shops are some of the nicest individuals you may ever meet. If you want to know anything in greater detail, just ask, and they will explain everything.

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7 Responses to Food for Haiti

  1. Michael

    That’s a great idea Dia! With the recession happening, it isn’t hard to believe that people don’t have as much as they would like to donate money wise, but everyone has something around the house they don’t use anymore. It’s a nice to be able to help, and your idea is a way everyone can help.

  2. Gingercarrots

    I will look up there store in my area when I get home. Thank you for the idea. I haven’t donated any cash yet. To be honest you’ve hit the nail on the head there, not everyone can! Everywhere I go I’m sort of “guilted” into giving something, what do ya do when you have nothing to give? Thank you for always thinking of others and how they are feeling and thinking. Most websites assume everyone can give “something”. That’s what they all say, “I know you can give something, maybe 10 dollars, just 10 dollars?” No, I can’t afford to give 10 dollars, but what I can do is take a look around my apartment to see what I can give away.

  3. Jen Jen

    You’re a real sweetheart for thinking of other options. Great idea, and I’m sure other charity shops are doing the same thing. I know they did after the Tsunami. I agree with Gingercarrots about being made to feel guilty for not giving money. If you don’t have it, you don’t have it. Maybe some will disagree with me.

  4. Dave

    A good idea, Dia ! Like many others I don’t have any spare cash at the moment but a lot of stuff I never use which could easily be turned into cash for the needy.

    I’ve always been against charities as the burden always seems to fall on those who can least afford it. Governments should help where necessary and raise taxes if they have to – that way the burden will be more evenly shared with the rich buggers paying more.

  5. Gemma

    Dia I like the new buttons on the aca site. Oxfam is on my highstreet, and I have plenty of stuff to donate.

  6. Veggiepeggie

    Fab idea Dia!

  7. miss v

    that’s a great way to help out – especially for those of us that are struggling to make ends meet. you can always help out in some way! Registered & Protected