We all remember what it was like just weeks after Hurricane Katrina. Devastation was everywhere. There was no electricity in many places and if you had running water it had to be boiled. Meals ready to eat were a blessing and volunteers bringing medical supplies, water, clothes, toiletries and temporary shelter saved our lives. So we better than most, can understand what is happening in Haiti and what is needed now and for years to come to help the people and their country recover.
Add to our experience a much hirer death toll, estimated at 200 thousand people. Plus poverty, Haiti is among the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. And to top it off, the earthquake destroyed not only homes and business, but most of the government buildings as well, leaving behind chaos.
So helping Haiti is not something that you do once and forget. Haiti will need help for many years, just like South Mississippi did after Hurricane Katrina.
You may have already made a donation toward Haiti recovery efforts. Well if you did, that is great. However if you can afford it, please consider giving a little more. And if you haven't made a donation, now is the time to do what you can.
On Monday in most all our newscasts we will be holding a telethon to raise money for the American Red Cross' relief efforts in Haiti. That organization is helping bring much needed supplies like water, meals ready to eat, temporary shelter and basic household supplies and toiletries to thousands of people each day. And, the Red Cross is committed to Haiti's long term recovery.
So we ask you Monday to tune into our news and make a donation or stop by Edgewater Mall between 2 PM and 7 PM and drop some money off at the Red Cross fish bowl and blood drive. Help is needed now in Haiti and for many years to come.
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WLOX-TV General Manager