Friday, January 22, 2010

Experts Agree: Haiti Needs Money, Not Used Shoes

An article in yesterday's New York Times reports that aid experts and government officials are having some success in getting the word out to the compassionate donating public that what Haiti needs -- or, more specifically, what the organizations working to help Haiti need -- is money, not in-kind donations.  The article recounts several darkly humorous anecdotes about victims of past disasters receiving boxes of high heeled shoes or French tv dinners that required cooking in microwave ovens.  An interesting twist is that the public seems to be getting the message this time, largely because the word is being put out through the internet,Twitter, Facebook, and other social media.


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