Next time the Avon lady comes calling, I'll shake her hand, because the company just committed a million dollars to the effort to help the millions of people still in a dire situation in Haiti. The money, which is to be split between Doctors Without Borders and the American Red Cross, may not be a lot relative to the need, but I think that it's important to publicize companies that do good.

Millions of traumatized survivors in Haiti are now suffering or dying from easily preventable causes that should never even be an issue, like thirst and hunger or infections. It's inexcusable that this is the case when there's a country with a surfeit of bottled water and antibiotics less than 600 miles away. If you haven't donated already, I urge you to consider doing so — Haitians are our neighbors, and how we treat them says a lot about who we are.