How you can help

I graduated from Saint Vincent College (more on that later this month), and every year, we sent a group of students, professors and administrators down to Haiti to volunteer.  During the year we fundraised, and generally, I feel, learned more than the average person about the poorest country on the planet.

If you haven’t heard, the island nation was rocked by a 7.0 earthquake (I haven’t heard anything about the Dominican Republic, so I’m guessing they were not affected, which I find confusing, but I’m not a seismologist), centered very close to its capital city.  Reports are streaming in, The Daily Dish has some excellent coverage here (from that post, leading to twitter, youtube and blog posts).

And locally, Virginia (I still want to type PittGirl) over at That’s Church has a plea from friends and native Pittsburgher’s who run the BRESMA orphanage in Port-au-Prince:

“i want to make sûre évryoné ùnderstands we cant stay in haiti and thé kids will not live if théy stay. Riots will start within two days.”

Virginia continues:

This is my plea to you to work any connections you have to help get Jamie and Ali McMutrie out of Haiti along with the children that already have adoption papers set for adoptions in U.S. homes.

I’m looking at you, local and state politicians with Washington connections.  I’m looking at you, rich people with private planes.  Please don’t look away from me.

Otherwise, these children will not survive.

I am not rich, I don’t know anyone who is, but maybe someone who has those connections will see this post.  We have to try.  The power of the interconnectedness of the web rarely fails me, don’t fail us now!

In the meantime, want to give?  All you have to do is pick up your cellphone:

  • Text the word “Yele” to 501501 to donate $5 to the Yele Foundation, the leading contributor to rebuilding Haiti founded by Wyclef Jean.
  • Text the word “Haiti” to 25383 to donate $5 to the International Rescue Committee
  • Text the word “Haiti” to 85944 to donate $5 to the Rescue Union Mission and MedCorp International
  • Text the word “Haiti” to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross.

Also, screw you Pat Robertson.  You give humanity a bad name.

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