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For Haitians, a dollar can make a difference

Friday, January 15, 2010

Crumbled buildings. People lying on the streets. People trapped under debris.

A cataclysmic catastrophy.

Anyone with access to a computer has seen photographs of the devastation following the earthquake that took place in Haiti.

The 7.0 magnitude quake has ravaged the country's capitol, Port-au-Prince.

The earthquake took place Monday, resulting in widespread damage throughout the heavily populated city.

Buildings collapsed. The Presidential Palace was damaged as the second floor collapsed into the first floor. The Haitian Parliament building was destroyed.

It has been estimated that 100,000 people lost their lives. Doctors Without Borders, an international humanitarian-aid organization, recently confirmed that three of its aid centers are now inoperable because of the quake.

The city's main seaport was heavily damaged, making it difficult to get aid to the people.

But countries around the world have pledged to help as much as they can.

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama said the United States pledged $100 million in relief to the country, arguably one of the most impoverished countries in the world.

Other agencies around the world have also pledged aid and efforts are underway to help the people.

Just Friday morning, former President Bill Clinton -- who along with former President George H.W. Bush -- were tapped by Obama to help lead U.S. relief efforts, announced they would pattern assistance for Haiti much like they did during the Asian tsunami a few years ago.

It was announced Thursday that actor George Clooney was working with MTV to set up a relief telethon, scheduled to air at a later date.

Relief efforts for the ravaged nation have already begun and The Brazil Times wants to help as well.

Beginning today, The Times is asking all Clay County residents to pledge any monetary amount for relief aid.

The Times will be accepting donations for Haiti relief.

We realize these are tough times. Money is hard to come by right now and people are having their own difficulties.

But a little something is better than nothing at all.

There are approximately 20,000 people currently living in Clay County. If everyone pledged just $1, that money could go a long way. After all, reports have surfaced in recent days that the average Haitian lives on just $2 per day.

Think about it. What the citizens of Clay County could do for those in desperate need.

Clearing our conscience. By just donating $1 each, we can help make a difference.

The Times will accept donations through the end of January. We hope to have a substantial amount of donations to take to the American Red Cross Wabash Valley Chapter during the first week of February.

Our goal is to exceed $10,000 in donations.

Check underneath those car seats or between the couch cushions. There's always the possibility you could find $1 in change, which will go a long way in the greater scheme of things.

We don't know these people. But we can make a difference.

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