The Help Haiti Blog Challenge: Gratitude Donations

by Laura on 01/17/2010 · 10 comments

Post written by Laura Cococcia. You can follow Laura on Twitter.

I received an email today from American Express, announcing its effort to help Haiti through the Amex Membership Rewards program. Members can donate points to various causes that are supporting the rescue and relief efforts.

You can read more about the program here … but here are the basics:

American Express® Cardmembers enrolled in the Membership Rewards® program can redeem points to support charities aiding the relief effort in Haiti. For every 1,000 points, $10 will be donated to your charity of choice. You can choose from a list of organizations that are dedicated to the Haiti earthquake relief effort.

There is no limit to the number of Membership Rewards points you can donate, provided you have the available points balance in your Membership Rewards account. You can donate points in increments of 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 50,000, and 100,000. Cardmembers can also charge a donation on their American Express Card. There will be no cost to the charity for the transaction.

Kelly Diels, fabulous friend and amazing author of the blog Cleavage, is spearheading The Help Haiti Blog Challenge. It’s a global conversation that’s spreading like wildfire, an effort that numerous blog friends are taking part in. I’m amazed at the power of our online community – and the power of Kelly’s spirit.

She was inspired by an equally amazing woman, Danielle LaPorte, of White Hot Truth – she inspires me with every post.

What I’m Doing To Help Haiti – Join Me

Here’s my part:

I’m pledging 1000 Amex Membership Rewards points to the company’s relief effort program for each comment on this post, mentioning the one thing you’re grateful for in your life. I have tens of thousands of points to give, all results of purchases or trips, and quite frankly, I don’t need them.

That’s it.

Let’s get on it – and the power of our gratitude can only multiply ten-fold. Or a thousand-fold.

I’ll start: I’m grateful for having a warm, safe apartment – today, I’m able to stay out of the rain and write this post in safety.

What are you grateful for?


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