Just give money, m’kay?

Mittens for Haiti!

I passed by this donation bin setup at Concordia for Haiti. In it, I saw bags with scarves, winter coats, and mittens.

I’m guessing they were from people who have never been to Haiti, and who aren’t experts in meteorology. (Or, as someone comments below, hopefully for Haitian refugees coming here, which would save on shipping costs.)

The difficulty in getting supplies (particularly the right ones) to disaster zones is one of the reasons charities ask you to give money instead of stuff. A lot of stuff, unfortunately, is useless.

Hope for Haiti Now is on until 10 p.m. on CBC, CTV, Global, CityTV, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, Vermont Public Television, CNN, MuchMusic, MTV Canada, National Geographic Channel, WGN, WPIX and BET. Quebec’s Ensemble pour Haïti airs on Radio-Canada, TVA, V, Télé-Québec, TV5, LCN, RDI, MusiMax and Musique Plus.

Remember if you’re watching the U.S. special to donate to Canadian charities to take advantage of the government’s donation matching program 1-877-51-HAITI or canadaforhaiti.com.

7 thoughts on “Just give money, m’kay?

  1. Scott M.

    Wow… “Ensemble Pour Haiti” blows “Hope For Haiti Now” away. Even for us English speakers, it’s MUCH better — many songs are bilingual or English anyway.

    “Canada For Haiti” was better than HFHN as well. Too bad CBC’s crawl didn’t actually have the phone number for people to call on it — DUMB. CTV and Global didn’t even have a crawl! Come’on folks — get into the 90s. CITY TV’s crawl was pretty good, though could have been cleaner.

    It’s amazing to think how much more would have been donated to Canada For Haiti (and doubled by the Canadian Government!) if the Nets had just got off their buts and thought about what to put on the screen.

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  2. Steve Hatton

    “Remember if you’re watching the U.S. special to donate to Canadian charities to take advantage of the government’s donation matching program.”

    Not that I actually had time to watch all the networks but from what I can tell, CBC is the only one that actually pointed this out to their viewers by running an ongoing message at the bottom of the screen. (Well technically ABC and NBC pointed this out as well, thanks to the magic of simultaneous-substitution)

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    1. Fagstein Post author

      CityTV also had a scroll with Canadian-specific info over the U.S. feed. It’s surprising nobody thinks of that kind of thing, or maybe they just don’t care.

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