Thursday, January 21, 2010

Haiti

An open letter came across my inbox the other day, authored by one of the wonderful mentors at Seton Hill University. Karen Williams has given permission for this letter to be posted beyond the students at SHU.
As many of you know my family and I have a long and close relationship with Haiti.  We have many friends and connections both in Haiti and here in the US who have been affected in the worst ways by the devastation of the recent earthquake.  I cannot describe the horror that was Haiti before this catastrophe and cannot imagine the situation now.  I also want to make it clear that the tremendous spirit of the people of Haiti deserves our deepest admiration.

We have had non-stop emails and phone calls with condolences, updates, some good news and some bad, leaving us feeling helpless and sad.  Many have asked how they can help.

At this point it would be useless to send material goods since there is no way to distribute them.  I am suggesting to anyone who would like to help to go to HAShaiti.org and make a donation, however small. You can read the blog there.  This hospital may be the only functional facility on the whole island at the moment and I know from first hand experience that the monies will be used in a way the donor would expect.

Thanks to all who have contacted us.

Best Wishes,

Karen


In addition, there is a free-fiction movement afoot within the writing community. Several authors have offered up a short piece of fiction on their websites in a sort of online fundraiser. The idea is that readers enjoy the free fiction and then donate to a suitable organization to benefit the Haitians. I encourage every writer to post a piece with a link to HaShaiti.org or to the Red Cross or other reputable charity organizations. I encourage every reader to take advantage of this wonderful trove of free reading and then give as generously as they can to help Haiti overcome this horrible tragedy.

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