When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of "disaster," I remember my mother's words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers -- so many caring people in this world.
I am sure that it is no coincidence Family Communications, Inc. sent this as their Fred Rogers quote of the month, in light of the recent events in Haiti. It is good advice for children and grown ups. Tragedies can leave us feeling helpless, but here are a few ways to help:
Talk with your children. Family Communications has some good tips for helping children deal with tragic events in the news.
Donate to one of the relief organizations, like American Red Cross. Text “90999” with the message “Haiti” to donate $10. The cost will be added to your cell phone bill.
Charity Navigator has an extensive list of organizations that are assisting victims of the earthquake in Haiti.