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.