January 18, 2010
Posted: 04:46 PM ET
Editor's Note: Suze Orman is a financial adviser and hosts "The Suze Orman Show." She has written several books on managing personal finances, including "Women and Money." For more on donating to Haiti, watch "Haiti: How You Can Help," a special two-hour edition of Larry King Live with Ben Stiller, Scarlett Johansson and many others, tonight 8pm ET.
I imagine you have been as glued to the news as I have the past few days, seeing the horrific aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti and the heroic relief efforts that are under way.
At times like these, we are galvanized to offer help. Especially when we are being told that the need for financial donations is high. But at the same time, I know many of you are very concerned about your own financial earthquakes that you've recently been through.
You believe you can't really afford to give, but deep down, you know that you can't afford not to give, either. So what to do?
Recognize that what you give is not as important as simply giving something.
Yes, the estimates of the amount of aid needed to help the Haitians are huge. But that doesn't mean your donation needs to be huge.
If your budget is tight, give what you can. If $10 is what you know you can honestly afford, then $10 is the right and honorable amount for you to donate. (You can text "Haiti" to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross International Response Fund.)
But here is the point: Do not feel you cannot do much, and what you can give doesn't matter. It matters big-time. I have to tell you, a family whose members are financially struggling but manage to find $10 to donate is more charitable, in my opinion, than well-to-do families that send in $50 or $100 when they really could easily afford to send in $5,000 or $10,000 or more.
**For a full list of Organizations responding to the crisis in Haiti, please visit Impact Your World at www.cnn.com/impact
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