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My Turn, Your Turn: Disaster relief efforts

By Gary McNair - bio|email

The earthquake in Haiti is another reminder that this world doesn't go long without experiencing a natural disaster. 

We look at the dreadful images of destruction, and even though they're shocking, we can't really get the full sense for what those people are going through.  The loss of lives and property is almost overwhelming.    

But I've noticed something common with events like this, and it happens with every heartbreaking disaster - whenever there is destruction and lives are lost because the earth shakes, the water rises, or a tornado strikes, the human heart kicks in – and in a mighty way. 

Just look at the relief efforts and the love and prayers being showered on the people of Haiti.

Recovery never goes perfect.  Katrina taught us that, but that doesn't stop the caring hearts.  A friend of mine theorizes that deep within each of us (or most of us) is an inability to do nothing.  Think about that for a moment and you'll probably agree.

Many long established organizations have already sprung into action - Red Cross, Salvation Army, and other faith based groups. 

The human heart is in high gear, and you'll have ample opportunities to help.  It is my hope and prayer that my friend is right, and you also have the inability to do nothing.

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn, to give I hope.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at



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