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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Tweet @CaribConnect to #HelpHaiti


I've been holding down the fort at http://twitter.com/CaribConnect with updates on HAITI RELIEF EFFORTS in south Florida hosted by the Jamaican Diaspora and all others who notify me by adding @CaribConnect to their tweets.

[Read the Jamaican Diaspora United States Joint Statement on Haiti Earthquake Relief and Recovery: http://bit.ly/JADiasporaMsg]

Text messaging and Twitter are at the fore-front of fundraising and information dissemination during this crisis. The first images out Haiti after the catastrophic quake were sent for the world to see through Twitter.

People realize that the simple act of donating via text message will make a difference. As of 5 p.m. today, donations via text message raised $5 million for the American Red Cross's Haiti relief efforts... Warms my heart, though it still aches for my Haitian people.

The $5 million that has been raised so far by the Red Cross far exceeds the nearly $4million that was donated to ALL charities by mobile texts in ALL of 2009, said a spokeswoman for the organization.

You can also text donations for Haiti relief from your cell phone:

Red Cross: Text HAITI to 90999 ($10 donation)
Yéle Haiti: Text YELE to 501501 ($5 donation)
United Way: Text HAITI to 864833 ($5 donation)
Intl Medical Corps: Text HAITI to 85944 ($10 donation)

In addition, you can find credible information about how you can help with other relief efforts on http://www.whitehouse.gov/ --and-- www.cnn.com/impact --and-- http://www.cidi.org/. CASH is the biggest necessity right now, but BE SURE to donate your hard earned funds to a credible and experience relief organization.

With that said I'd like to add a couple side-rants.

Through my tears, I thank you CNN, especially Anderson Cooper, for sharing with us the plight of the Haitian people with dignity and compassion. We need more journalists like you.

I'd also like to comment on Rush Limbaugh and Pat Robertson's utter LACK of HUMANITY, but Keith Olbermann beat me to the punch. Thank you, Keith. This needed to be said:




And here's a little history lesson on how Haiti's independence impacted the United States.

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