January 18th, 2010
11:15 AM ET

The people who steal hope from Haiti

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/01/18/haiti.aid.recipients.jpg caption="Residents of the Petinville neighborhood of Port-au-Prince reach out to receive food."]

Editor's note: CNN Contributor Bob Greene is a best-selling author whose new book is "Late Edition: A Love Story."

Bob Greene
Special to CNN

In houses of worship all across the United States on Sunday, Americans are offering prayers for the people of Haiti, and making donations in the hopes of healing some of the hurt.

Over the weekend, President Barack Obama stood shoulder to shoulder with former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton at the White House, the three of them asking their fellow citizens to join together in benevolence and kindness in the face of wrenching grief.

That's what Americans do in times of anguish: make an effort to help. We have seen heartening examples of this since the day the earthquake hit.

Yet there are some who see human suffering only as an opportunity - as a potential payday.

There are some who look at the faces of the dying and envision people to rob.

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Filed under: Haiti Earthquake
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Tim Gibson

    Those who intend to profit from the tradegy for the people of Haiti as well as the good intentions of humanity are in league with those who stand up and voice evil as the cause of a natural disaster. Both are criminal.

    January 18, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
  2. Isabel - Brazil •

    I read that there is emails that inform about institutions false and asking for donations.

    It is important that the people check the validity of the institutions before making donations.

    January 18, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
  3. Tammy, Houma, LA

    It is not only the charities that suffer from these scam artists in disasters but the people who are survivors simply trying to rebuild their lives. With good there is evil. I would hope that people give to trusted charities like the ones listed by CNN (it is the source I used the first night donations were being accepted) or the ones their places of worship support. This is going to take a much larger effort over the long-term. My biggest fear is that people will give, put it out of their thoughts, and not support these efforts years later when they are still going to be needed. New Orleans is still counting on volunteer help and money to rebuild. Haiti is multiple times worse than New Orleans ever thought about being.

    January 18, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
  4. Denise Barlow

    It's disgusting! People are dying and need help. Yet greedy hands reach out and take away from that need. My parents are amoung those who are wary about donating. Thank you for this informative ariicle so we know what to look for when choosing a charity to give our money to.

    January 18, 2010 at 12:21 pm |