I’m not going to try to make a sophisticated argument about why people should donate money to victims of random disasters. I didn’t even consider making a donation to the victims of the Haiti earthquake (read more about it here) until a good friend of mine sent a mass email to her friends. Her boyfriend has some family in Haiti who are missing right now. I’ve never met her boyfriend, much less his family, but it did make the event slightly more personal to me.
OK, I will make a short argument for donating as little as $10. I personally would not notice if $20 disappeared from my wallet or my bank account. Even though I know that my donation has a tiny chance of making a difference, I do think it makes even less of a difference to my well-being.
Here’s a list of organizations that are accepting donations. I personally donated $20 to the Red Cross by texting "Haiti” to 90999. Each message you send will be a $10 donation, You will also have to send a text to confirm, so you might have to pay something like $0.50 for the donation itself, but I think the convenience is worth it.