a gentleman gives in a time of need

What is a gentleman but one who puts the needs of others before those of himself? You may not have any Haitian friends, but (cliche, yes) we are all bound by humanity. Many of our peers–men, women, and children were lost and many more are left without homes and in short supply of the basic necessities of life. I’m never one to shove my views down others throats. I’m pretty take-it-or-leave-it about my politics and values. However, I know the demographics of my website readership. All 3 thousand or so of you regular readers and the other 19,000 passerby manshion sees a month: I’m calling you out. 80% of you are men and women between the age of 18 and 40, aka people with real jobs and their own computers. Please spare a few dollars you’d spend on something you don’t need and give said dollars to save a life. In true manshion form, I’ll proceed forward in fragments and bullet points.

Options:

Text Message Aid

  • SMS text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts
  • SMS text “YELE” to 501501 to Donate $5 to Yele Haiti’s Earthquake Relief efforts
  • SMS text “GIVE10” to 20222 to donate $10 to Direct Relief

Donation Websites

Donate Clothing, Goods, etc.

  • I know a lot of manshion readers are in the DC metropolitan area and NYC, in which case, you can donate clothing and goods at your nearest Haitian Consulate. I was able to offload quite a bit this week at the embassy and simultaneously clean my house/stave off impending accusations of my hoarding affliction.
  • Note, though, that cash donations really are the preferred method of relief as shipping and distribution efforts are severely hampered at this time.
  • DC Haitian Embassy
  • NYC Haitian Consulate

Organize a Fundraiser

  • A friend of mine had a brilliant idea for a fundraiser this weekend. A “Chill-In” party. Essentially, instead of going out and spending all kinds of money (some of which accidentally -_-) this weekend, arrange a get-together with some friends. Play RockBand… buy a six pack… you know, just a cheap, easy chill night. Then take the money you saved and pool it for donation. I know when I go out, me and a few friends can easily rack up $50-100, each, on any given Friday or Saturday night. Thus, if 4 of your pals throw in $80, and subtract out the $50 total you need for pizza and beer to stay in and party, that leaves you with $270 for donation. This is definitely an easy and fun way to do your fair share.
  • If you still plan on going out, try to aim your way towards a venue that will be donating a portion of the night’s proceeds to a relief fund. This options a no-brainer and is really, the absolute least you can do.

Benefits:

  • Um… sending money to save lives/help rebuild infrastructure. I file that under beneficial.
  • And, possibly looking like this (squint, picture your face in there.. that’s it.. yep).

There you have it, gentlemen (and ladies). I bid you adieu, and Godspeed in your personal relief efforts (that’s what she said). All jokes aside, do your part and keep Haiti in your prayers.

This one’s for you, Donnie.
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