“Can you please donate for Haiti?” Those were the words coming from my almost-5-year-old son, Jaron, while holding a Red Cross donation container last week in Times Square.

 

By day, I’m David Blaine’s producer — David Blaine, the magician. When the earthquake hit Haiti, David and I lost sleep over the devastation. We decided to help by having David do what he does best: magic. He stayed in Times Square for 72 hours straight, performing street magic for everyone.

 

When the story first broke, I wondered what to tell my kids about Haiti. Do I shelter my children from life’s tough realities?

 

I sat my older son down and explained the situation in Haiti in simple terms, and then focused on the ways that we could help. I told my kids what David was doing, and Jaron immediately said, “I want to help David.” And he did.

 

– Moms and the City is comprised of Denise Albert, Melissa Gerstein and Raina Seitel Gittlin, three mothers who are also working media professionals. E-mail moms@metro.us.

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