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MANY OPTIONS STILL AVAILABLE FOR HAITI EARTHQUAKE RELIEF! Donating to Respected Charitable Organizations is the Key!


Did you watch the Internationally-Televised "Hope for Haiti" Telethon  last Friday night?

Aired on all local Chicago broadcast outlets, major cable stations, and simulcast on major Internet sites like YouTube and others, most consider the program tasteful, well done.  It was also very successful, generating nearly $60 Million in contributions from around the world, according to CNN and Contributing Reporter Alan Duke.

Actors Mel Gibson, Reese Witherspoon, George Clooney, and many others manned the donation lines.  Performers ranging from Bruce Springsteen, to Alicia Keys,to Bono and U2, to Rhianna and Jay-Z, to Haitian Native Wyclef Jean each gave their musical plea.  No audience, no applause!  Their messages really sank in, to me, to our Team and family, and to millions of others around the world.

Here in Chicago, foster parents are opening their homes to Haitian orphaned children - many of their parents among the estimated 200,000 dead in that impoverished country.  As reported in the Chicago Tribune today by Reporter Cynthia Dizikes, on single mother in the Chicago Suburb of Willowbrook IL has opened her home to five Haitian Children.  A family in Skokie IL also welcomed an earthquake orphan.

Hundreds of Haitian Immigrants call Chicago and the Suburbs of Chicago their home.  Even 12 days out from the initial devastation of a Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake in Haiti, many still do not know the fate of their loved ones back home.

The Huffington Post has compiled a list of several Haitian Charities with Chicago Connections, focusing on those with the ability to make sure donated funds make it to those most in need of it during tragic, unpredictable times for this earthquake-ridden island nation.  Here's their list -

- The American Red Cross Chicago Chapter

- The Haitian Congress To Fortify Haiti, and their Haiti Crisis Relief Fund, based in the Chicago Suburb of Evanston IL

- The Soul Vegetarian Restaurant, on the South Side of Chicago

- The Feed My Starving Children Fund, in the Chicago Suburb of Aurora IL

- The Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach, based in Springfield IL

There are several Local Chicago Restaurants also organizing their own fund raising drives.  The Huffington Blog Entry provides this link.

In addition, Keller Williams International suggests contributions to The Salvation Army, and their special fund raising drive for Haiti Earthquake Relief.  Or, text message "Haiti" to 90999 to make an instant $10 Haitian Relief Contribution.


Posted: Sunday, January 24, 2010 4:37 PM by Dean's Team


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