Thursday, January 14, 2010

Haitian Children and Families Devastated by Massive Earthquake

My Mother-in-Law received this email (though I edited specific details for privacy) from Compassion International about the child they sponsor. While this the earthquake and it's aftermath are beyond our understanding, please consider taking the time to make a donation to this (or another relief type) organization.

We can help to make a difference by providing necessary money to the recovery efforts that are already underway. If you are unable to give financially, that's ok - Please repost this on Facebook or Twitter or email the link to your family and friends.

The Email:

Haitian Children and Families Devastated by Massive Earthquake

The catastrophic earthquake that hit Haiti yesterday has resulted in unfathomable chaos and devastation for hundreds of thousands of children and families.

Compassion sponsors and donors serve more than 65,000 children in Haiti. At least a third of them live in the areas that were hardest hit.

We know that you sponsor a child and that you must be very concerned. Be assured that we are working to locate your child and determine her specific situation as quickly as possible. We will share this personal update with you as soon as we have that information.

I am asking you to please send a generous gift today to help all the precious Compassion-assisted children and their families who have been affected by this crisis.

We are working rapidly to assess the situation and determine the full extent of damage:

* Sadly, we anticipate there will be many deaths.
* We anticipate thousands of children and families will have lost everything.
* We anticipate many of our church-based child development centers will have been destroyed.

Without a doubt, the children we serve in Haiti are in shock and face immediate needs for food, water, medical care, shelter, and counseling. We have teams prepared to respond, and we are deeply committed to helping each child.

We need your donation today. Please reach out in the name of Jesus to bring relief, comfort, love and restoration to precious children and families whose lives have been devastated by this crisis.

Thank you for caring,
Mark Hanlon
Dr. Wess Stafford
President, USA

P.S. If you would like to give by phone, please call us at (800) 336-7676. Check donations can be mailed to: Compassion International, Colorado Springs, CO 80997.

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