Dealing with the Tragedy in Haiti
Teens may be bombarded by graphic images on TV and the Internet. While it's good for them to have constructive awareness of what's going on in the world, they can benefit most by feeling that they can make a difference. Answer your teens' questions, and encourage them to donate or raise money to contribute to Haitian relief efforts. They may want to initiate a bake sale or a car wash at their school " something that gives them a sense of empowerment that comes with feeling that they are making a difference.
Adults can make a difference by getting involved. Don't ignore your feelings. This tragic loss of life has hit everyone hard. Get involved and make a difference. You will find a sense of peace and power by not taking life for granted and doing what you can to make certain that you are giving to those in need. You may think that giving even just a dollar doesn't make a difference but it does. It adds up and the difference is huge. The needs won't go away when the headlines do. Mark you calendars and check with your favorite charity once a month. Stay involved.
To donate to the American Red Cross' International Response Fund, click here.
Partners in Health has set up a fund for Dr. Phil viewers to donate money specifically for the purchase of tents and bedding for the people who have been made homeless by the earthquake. To donate to Partners in Health, click here.
To donate to UNICEF, click here.