Editor's Note: In response to the crisis in Haiti, the world's top stars are coming together tonight for MTV's "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon. [movie id="369195"]"Twilight"[/movie] actress [movieperson id="1044630"]Tinsel Korey[/movieperson] was eager to help in any way she could. Now, in an exclusive piece written for MTV, Tinsel gives us her thoughts on why everyone — famous or not — should watch the show, make a donation, and help those in Haiti who need our assistance. Check back after the show for Tinsel's second column, talking about the most memorable moments of the evening.
Why should I donate? I don't know anyone in Haiti. Those are things people might be saying to themselves.
People were wondering why I've been trying so hard to help out with this telethon. I don't know anyone in Haiti personally. The only relation I have to Haiti is from listening to Wyclef's music for years; the vibrancy in his beats and the poetic sounds of his words have always captured a part of my soul. Haiti, from what I've read and heard, has long been a place of struggle. So it's more heartbreaking to think that in an instant, it has become even harder.
Many thousands of people are believed to have died in last week's earthquake, and thousands more were injured. Governments have sent in aid from all over the world, but it's still not enough. Then the aftershocks hit, more buildings came down, and more people were hurt. Many of us watched, feeling helpless as image after image and video after video flashed before our eyes. So what can you do?
Donating money can help get medical supplies, food and shelter to people who are without the basic necessities. As a global society, it is our job as human beings to help one another in times of struggle and times of need. Haiti needs us — right now.
To help, you can donate to Hope for Haiti Now:
» Online: HopeForHaitiNow.org
» Phone: (877) 99-HAITI
» Text: Text "GIVE" to 50555
» Mail: Hope for Haiti Now Fund, Entertainment Industry Foundation, 1201 West 5th Street, Suite T-700, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Remember that anything you can do — as small as it may seem — will help people who are desperately in need.
Learn more about what you can do to help with earthquake-relief efforts in Haiti, and for more information, see Think MTV. Join George Clooney and Wyclef Jean for MTV's "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon, airing commercial-free Friday, January 22, at 8 p.m. ET, and visit HopeForHaitiNow.org or call (877) 99-HAITI to make a donation now.