Nothing is guaranteed anymore - apparently not even support for the victims of natural disasters like the earthquake in Haiti.
But that kind of opposition to providing aid has only strengthened the resolve of those who believe helping others is the right thing to do, especially artists.
Friday night's "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon, which featured Bruce Springsteen, U2, Jay-Z, Coldplay and more, may be the biggest of these efforts, but it's only one example of musicians and others banding together to do what they can for the victims of the Haiti earthquake.
The Patchogue Theatre will host a special "Live in the Lobby" concert at 7 p.m. Thursday to raise money for the Red Cross' efforts in Haiti. Admission for the show - featuring Iridesense, Michael Jazz Trio, The Lone Sharks, Miles to Dayton, The Sun Gets Down and other acts - will be $10, with raffles for artwork and restaurant gift certificates set as additional fundraisers.
Big Shot will hold a fundraiser at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Mulcahy's Pub in Wantagh for the Red Cross and Catholic relief agencies. The $20 donation includes the concert, as well as a complimentary buffet dinner.
There also are ongoing online efforts involving music. Songza .com will donate 25 cents to Oxfam America for each person who listens to a "Help Haiti" playlist. Linkin Park's charity, Music for Relief, has a downloadable album in exchange for a donation, including music from All-American Rejects, Dave Matthews Band and others. Paste Magazine has launched Songs for Haiti, featuring downloads from more than 200 artists - including Ludacris, Robert Pollard and The Decemberists - for those who donate.