I woke up Thursday morning and had Haiti on my mind. As I fed the kids their breakfast and started getting ready for my day, I saw on the news picture of children suffering in the damage of the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. My heart shattered and I wanted to do something. I felt helpless watching as families were destroyed, mothers and fathers were dead and children and others had no homes, no food and no water. I had to do something. I couldn’t stand by and watch more of the devastation without a way I felt I could lend a hand.
I had no way to provide monetary support. I am not Bill Gates and my meager bank account was not enough. I needed a better way to help. What did I have that would be valuable enough to help those victims I was seeing? I could think of only one thing, the help of many. I know social media is powerful and I have seen how it works with other causes. Not to discount the other causes and their value, but this is going to be seen as the single most devastating tragedy of our time. I need to make it count and I needed to do it soon.
I reached out to a few friends I knew would help me and people I knew could. I talked first to Chris Noble of Cause Media Group and his latest project at WhatGives.com. After I gave him my 3 minute pitch, he said, “I’m in Jim.” I know I can count on him to give his all and it was no surprise at his reaction but nonetheless appreciated.
I next reached my new friend Chris Murch of WS Radio. I met Chris at BlogWorld & New media Expo and we launched Blog World Expo Radio in Vegas at that event. I was not sure whether Chris would be comfortable with my idea, but he quickly laid that issue to rest when he said “We can make that happen.”
I wanted to make an impact that meant more than my $5 donation or even a $500 amount. I wanted to go big and prove what I already know, you get a community together behind something and good will come of it.
You can watch along with Ustream as well as listening to it live. We are using the hashtag of #HART in all of our Tweets and you can follow along there as well.
I would love to ask you for your support as we try to make an impact of the lives of those suffering in Haiti. If I can only help one child it will be enough, but showing a impoverished nation of children that we care about their pain and hurt and we want to comfort them might make a difference.