If you don’t have money to donate, here are ways you can still help people who were affected by the devastating earthquake in Chile:
-Firefighters and people with emergency medical training will be going to Chile to offer their services. If you know a firefighter or someone who plans to help, offer to take care of their children, watch over their house, or check the mail while they’re away.
-You can also volunteer at your local Salvation Army. This trusted organization is currently in Chile providing assistance. By donating your time to their volunteer programs, you will enable them to send as much aid to Chile as possible.
-If you have any home improvement goods such as furniture, home accessories, building materials, or appliances that you are not currently using, you can donate those items to Habitat ReStores, which are run by Habitat for Humanity. They have locations all across the US.
-Donate any clothing or shoes that you can no longer wear to a Salvation Army thrift store. You can also purchase items from these stores. Proceeds from sales are directed to Salvation Army programs, and will enable the organization to direct as many funds as possible to relief efforts in Chile.
-If you know of anyone with relatives in Chile, offer to bring them dinner or do anything else you can to provide some comfort and show that you care. This will help put their minds at ease despite the fears of friends and family members that might be missing.
In difficult times following natural disasters, such as the current situations in Chile and Haiti, we have the ability to show our compassion and give to those who have the most immediate needs. We are not powerless. Even though we may be separated by thousands of miles, cultural differences, and political ideals, we can help our global neighbors in these times of crisis.