People appreciation

First responders in Haiti are organizations already there.  Catholic Relief Services staff in Haiti is responding immediately to the earthquake that rocked Port -au- Prince, the capital of Haiti. Tuesday night the agency (which has headquarters in Baltimore) made an immediate commitment of $ 5 million for emergency supplies.

In a brief phone conversation before communication was lost, CRS Country Representative Karel Zelenka described Port -au- Prince as “covered with a plume of dust from damaged buildings.”

If the Haitian Catholic Relief Organization needs more money, there will be plenty of American parishes that will donate.  Back when Katrina hit New Orleans, our parish here in Irvine, California had saved just under $100,000 for stained glass windows.  Within a day church leaders found a corporate match and sent down $200,000 to Catholic Relief workers in New Orleans.  No one complained about the lack of pretty new windows.

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13 thoughts on “People appreciation

  1. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    I have been praying for all those in Haiti who are suffering. What is the situation at the Catholic Relief Headquarters in Haiti?

  2. Reba Studebaker

    So often in corrupt political climates such as in Haiti, people hesitate to write donation checks that go to political leaders and not the people who are suffering. I’m glad Catholic Relief is there.

  3. Kathleen Rowland

    Reba, you are right about the corruption. Finally slaves revolted and gained independence and killed off their white masters. But Haiti continued their plantation-based agricultural economy run by a new ruling class that suppressed the majority of darker-skinned Haitians. Very sad.

  4. I just read the Walmart is sending a $500,000 monetary donation to Red Cross emergency relief efforts in Haiti. In addition, Walmart is sending pre-packaged food kits valued at $100,000 to Haiti at the request of the Red Cross.

  5. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    The Kellogg Company is donating $250,000. This is good. Doesn’t come close to the Catholic Relief Organization with the immediate 5 million, though.

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