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Medsen Fey
01-14-2010, 02:26 PM
Unless you've been under a rock for the last 2 days, you've probably heard about the devastating earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince. It is literally a disaster of biblical proportions. It has killed (probably) tens of thousands of people and has wiped out what little infrastructure they had to start with.

Down here folks are in a tizzy. Almost everyone knows someone that has friends or family over in Haiti. In my own case, we've not been able to make contact with my father-in-law who was there.

They're going to need need food, blankets, medicine, water, and a lot of body bags.

I've listed below some charities that are taking donations for Haiti. Any help will make a difference but more importantly, please keep these poor folks in your prayers.

Archdiocese of Miami (https://secure.qgiv.com/cps_donors/?key=catholiccharitiesofthearchdioceseofmiami&restrict=Haiti%2BEarthquake%2BRelief)

Yele Haiti (https://co.clickandpledge.com/advanced/default.aspx?wid=23093) (Wyclef Jean's foundation)

American Red Cross (https://american.redcross.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=COGP_FL_SouthFlorida_main&JServSessionIdr004=qi763boe82.app196a)

socpsy
01-14-2010, 03:07 PM
It is truly a disaster of monstrous proportions. I donated through my church organization, Episcopal Relief and Development (http://www.er-d.org/) and offer my thoughts and prayers.

jaxn slim
01-14-2010, 03:10 PM
It sounds so terrible.

I understand that Doctors Without Borders is doing a lot of work there too, and it taking donations as well.

wayneb
01-14-2010, 03:50 PM
There are also various local assistance organizations that have been doing work in Haiti long before the earthquake happened, and already have some infrastructure in place to move things to Haiti as efficiently as is still possible:
http://www.coloradohaitiproject.org/

(Yes, Anne and I have supported them in the past. They're good people.)

Medsen, I hope that you do hear from your Father in Law soon. Not knowing is worse than confirmation of even the worst case outcome, IMO. He, and you guys, are in our prayers.

Medsen Fey
01-15-2010, 10:08 AM
Thank you all.

We received good news - my father-in-law is alive and well. We've been blessed, but I know many others have not been so fortunate.

Perhaps this tragedy will mark a turning point and allow Haiti to rebuild in a more positive direction - one can only hope.

Medsen

wayneb
01-15-2010, 11:54 AM
Thank you all.

We received good news - my father-in-law is alive and well. We've been blessed, but I know many others have not been so fortunate.

Perhaps this tragedy will mark a turning point and allow Haiti to rebuild in a more positive direction - one can only hope.

Medsen

That's truly great news, Medsen. I'm sure that y'all are relieved.

The depths of poverty and isolation experienced by almost all Haitians are not even close to appreciated by most other countries here in the Western Hemisphere. I hope that you are correct - although tragic beyond measure, perhaps the earthquake will draw enough attention to this island country that they will gain the visibility and resources needed to bootstrap themselves up into a better overall state.

wildoates
01-16-2010, 01:59 PM
Thank you all.

We received good news - my father-in-law is alive and well. We've been blessed, but I know many others have not been so fortunate.

Perhaps this tragedy will mark a turning point and allow Haiti to rebuild in a more positive direction - one can only hope.

Medsen

Oh, thank God.