NAACP Offers Condolences and Prayers to Haitian People, Urges all Americans to Join Coordinated Effort to Assist in Providing Relief
LARGEST NEED RIGHT NOW IS FINANCIAL; NAACP SETS UP A FUND TO ACCEPT AND DISTRIBUTE DONATIONS TO HELP THOSE IN NEED
The earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, devastated the already struggling island nation. Like most people of the world, the heartfelt thoughts and prayers of the NAACP go out to all those living in Haiti and with family, friends or loved ones who may have been in Haiti when the earthquake struck.
The NAACP greatly appreciates the swift and decisive efforts of President Obama and his Administration on behalf of all citizens of the United States to help the people of Haiti including the $100 million already allocated to assist in the rescue and recovery effort. As such, we have been working closely with the White House to ensure a coordinated response that is as effective as possible.
Due to the extreme cost and difficulty in transporting items to Haiti, we are not encouraging units to collect and send goods, clothing, etc. for relief efforts at this point. However, in the immediate term the NAACP will focus on providing financial assistance for disaster relief through national fund raising efforts. In the longer-term, we will continue to promote the need to provide support and long-term development and democracy-building aid to Haiti.
The NAACP is collecting funds for Haitian earthquake relief. Online donations can be made on the NAACP website at www.naacp.org. Checks and money orders should be made out to “NAACP4Haiti” and sent to our national headquarters at 4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215.
For those who are concerned about Americans currently in Haiti, or with the fate of Haitian-American citizens, the U.S. State Department has set up a toll free number: 1-888-407-4747.
For more information about the coordinated U.S. response to the catastrophe, people can go to www.whitehouse.gov. If you or your organization can provide services to the people of Haiti, you should contact the Center for International Disaster Information at (703) 276-1914.