I meant to post this last week. New York Times article on cholera outbreak in Haiti. Over 400 people have died from the disease. 300,000 people died in the earthquake earlier this year. 300,000. The cholera outbreak is nothing compared to that but it still speaks to the suffering still taking place there, long after many of us have moved on with our lives.

“One humanitarian worker who visited the main hospital in Saint-Marc called it a “horror scene.”

“The courtyard was lined with patients hooked up to intravenous drips. It had just rained and there were people lying on the ground on soggy sheets, half-soaked with feces,” David Darg of the U.S.-based humanitarian organization Operation Blessing International, wrote in an account published on the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s AlertNet website.”

As I write this tropical storm Tomas is approaching the island.

This post was going to end with the suggestion to text HAITI to 90999 to give $10 to Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti, but apparently that campaign no longer is in effect. I was always so happy with that idea. It made it so easy to help. Why would they take it away? I couldn’t even find a way to give to Haiti on their site. I contacted them and the reply was

Thank you for contacting the American Red Cross. Donors who wish to support relief and response efforts in Haiti should mail a check with “Haiti” in the memo line to:

American Red Cross
P.O. Box 37243
Washington, DC 20013

Another option is the World Vision donation page which allows you give to a specific region, in this case Haiti, but you can even give to a specific need, like building supplies or food or child care. I just did a “Haiti Relief and Long Term Support”. Do it!

World Vision Haiti Relief page

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