In times of crisis, organization is needed to provide aid and relief to those in need. As skeptics, we are often likened to a "herd of cats," resisting all efforts to gather us into one organized effort. Some of the time, this may be to our advantage, but when a force needs to be mobilized to render assistance, something more is required.
Haiti is in need of such assistance. We don't need to remind you of the ongoing horror that the recent earthquake has brought about, but We do want to tell you about how you can help directly through secular organizations that will provide 100% of donated money to the Haitian crisis.
The JREF, in association with the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science and other secular and skeptic organizations, is soliciting your help.
James Randi has this to say:
We at the JREF are very proud to be part of the concerted effort to aid Haiti to recover from this catastrophic event. To my mind, there is nothing more disturbing than hearing the distressed cries of children who are subjected to grief and/or injury, and my personal contribution has already been added to the encouraging total that mounts hour by hour. Please be generous and help us to reach out to Haitians of all ages, of any and all philosophical orientations."
JREF President D.J. Grothe adds the following:
We often hear from social commentators and religious leaders that one's morality must be grounded in belief in the supernatural. The James Randi Educational Foundation, which promotes critical thinking about the supernatural (among other topics) challenges this view. Responding generously to the need in Haiti is responding to the moral impulse we all feel, regardless our views about the supernatural, and I hope our friends and supporters will come together with us and contribute. Our groups together have already raised over $120,000 at the time of this announcement, and while this is an impressive sum, it is only a fraction of what's needed. Please consider donating right now, as the need is urgent."
Secular people and skeptics are often accused of not being charitable, and this campaign is fine way to demonstrate that nothing could be further from the truth. Donate to help the people of Haiti here.