"Give me a nickel, brother can you spare a dime…"

by Katie Pizzuto on January 15, 2010

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While I have very mixed emotions about this sort of thing, I’m going ahead and posting it anyway simply because I can’t let my usual disappointment in humanity keep me from helping others. While there are certainly exceptions, most of us (not merely Americans mind you) manage to rally together and help those in need when disaster strikes. The overall misconception is that somehow, if disaster hasn’t stricken, they don’t need our help. Haitians need our help now more than ever, sure, but let’s not kid ourselves—they’ve needed our help for a very long time. We’re great at raising a flag and saying, “hey, look how caring I am, I’m donating to the cause” when the cameras are on us, but when the red light goes off and the cameras move on, we are quick to retreat to an “all is well” mentality. All is not, in any way, shape or form, well. Nonetheless, help in time of tragedy is better than none at all, alas:

PALATE PRESS: The Online Wine Magazine and Brother, Can You Spare a Bottle? are teaming up to help people turn their love of wine into money for Haitian earthquake relief, with Wine for Haiti. The idea is simple…wine lovers contribute a bottle from their cellar, then bid on the mixed cases. Some tremendous bottles have already been offered, from 1976 Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Beerenauslese to a Methuselah (6.0 Liter bottle) of 2005 Rodney Strong Rockaway Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The generous contributions of wine lovers will all be turned directly into money for disaster relief. PALATE PRESS: The Online Wine Magazine will pay shipping and handling costs to deliver wines to the auction winners.

For more information please read Wine for Haiti at PALATE PRESS: The Online Wine Magazine.

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1 Linsey January 15, 2010

The photos coming out of Haiti are truly tragic. Seeing countries literally from all over the world trying to help out in this emergency does hide the fact that some of the dead are UN foreign nationals already there trying to help the poverty consequences that are already a problem.

With the possibility of up to 100,000 dead this tragedy is comparable with the tsunami a few years ago.

Very shocking and sad!

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