Please find a way to help Haiti, a country in desperate need 

As you have no doubt heard, a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti near her capital of Port-au-Prince on Tuesday ­afternoon.

The damage is horrific, and has only worsened in the wake of the aftershocks. Haiti’s centers of government, national and international, have in many instances been leveled. Hospitals are overflowing, and the country simply does not have the capacity to respond to the sheer volume of need.

Haitian President Rene Preval recounted, “Parliament has collapsed. The tax office has collapsed. Schools have collapsed. Hospitals have collapsed. There are a lot of schools that have a lot of dead people in them.”

The Red Cross estimates that more than3 million people, a third of Haiti’s population, may need immediate emergency assistance. In the face of such need, the Red Cross has already run out of medical supplies. More are on the way, but no one knows when they will arrive.

Preval has asked the world for medical assistance, saying Haiti lacks the capacity to hospitalize the wounded.

President Barack Obama has ordered a Marine Expeditionary Unit, consisting of approximately 1,100 United States Marines, to provide humanitarian assistance and security.

However, each of us should not simply take solace in the fact that some of our men and women in uniform are being deployed to provide relief — we should all join the rescue effort. Each able American should find a way to help bring relief to a nation that is facing a dire situation.

So this week, I am asking that you help the Haitian recovery effort in some way, whether it is a direct donation or even volunteering to help collect funds for one of the charities listed below.

Here are a few ways to help this massive rescue/support operation:

You can make an automatic $10 donation to the Red Cross by texting “HAITI” to 90999. The money will be charged directly to your cell phone bill. You can also read about further ways to help by visiting

Catholic Relief Services has already pledged $5 million, and with our help, can facilitate much more (

Doctors Without Borders has already established emergency clinics in Haiti (www.doctorswithout

Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian relief organization (www.samaritans

I want to thank each of you who are able to help. Your assistance may very well help save a life or enable a family to reconnect in the midst of a terrible human tragedy.

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