The Tragedy in Haiti
I still cannot get over the devastating images of Haiti that I have been watching on television since a 7.3 earthquake ripped through the capital of Port-au-Prince. Right now, critical life-saving and search-and-rescue operations are underway, and I ask that we all pray that as many lives as possible are spared.
But make no mistake: this is going to be a huge tragedy. Haiti is one of the most underdeveloped countries of the western hemisphere, and there are very few ambulances or even hospitals to take care of the victims. A major death toll is feared. And at least three million other Haitian citizens may be affected, going days without food and water, facing disease and the loss of loved ones.
I am a very proud member of the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet, and I know very well just what the Red Cross can do in these emergencies. Already, the organization has begun a massive relief effort, contributing an initial $1 million from its International Response Fund to help Haiti. The American Red Cross is also releasing supplies from its warehouse in Panama that will be able to meet the immediate needs of families. Included are tarps, mosquito nets and cooking sets — which are all extremely vital at this very hour.
And there is so much more to be done — all which require money. Please believe me; a small contribution to the Red Cross’ Haitian relief effort can make a difference. So please make whatever donation you can now to the International Response Fund, whether by check, online or by phone. Donations to the International Response Fund can be made by phone at 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) or online at www.redcross.org.
Let’s help our stricken friends. Over the last few years, the people of Haiti have endured one hurricane after another. They face years of rebuilding. Your gift will provide immediate relief and long-term support.