Many ways to help the people of Haiti

While Chargers fans continue to lament the unexpected playoff loss at Qualcomm Stadium, a real tragedy is taking place some 2,900 miles to the southeast.

Rescue workers are picking through the rubble following last week's magnitude-7 earthquake that leveled large portions of the tiny country of Haiti, killing perhaps 200,000 people, injuring many more and orphaning tens of thousands of children.

We in San Diego County are complaining about too much rain falling too quickly. In Haiti, water is the most precious commodity available right now.

We complain about the high unemployment rate in the county. In Haiti, there are very few offices and factories standing.

We worry about coming down with the H1N1 flu bug. In Haiti, death has become so prevalent that survivors rub toothpaste under their noses to block out the smell.

We complain about what to do about our homeless population. In Haiti, just about everyone is homeless.

The video images coming 7/24 out of Haiti are overwhelming. The country, poor and underdeveloped long before this latest disaster, has been devastated. The road to recovery will be a long, hard one.

In Del Mar, we have a choice about what to do. We can turn off the televisions and go back to our problems, or we can join a worldwide effort to lay the bricks necessary to build that recovery road.

Local church groups and relief agencies have already sprung into action. So much is needed in Haiti, and with each passing day, the challenges seem to grow.

If you want to help, many options are available. Organizations such as the Red Cross, Doctors without Borders, UNICEF and World Vision make donating cash as simple as clicking onto a Web site. The easiest way to give? Pull out your cell phone and text "Haiti" to 90999. Your $10 donation to the American Red Cross will be charged to your phone bill.

We all live in Del Mar. We also live in this world.

   
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