Today, our thoughts and prayers are with the Haitian community – both on the island of Haiti and right here in Westchester County – who are grieving and suffering over the loss of so many loved ones due to the devastating earthquake that hit the island on Tuesday.
The magnitude 7.0 earthquake has affected about 3 million people in Haiti – one-third of Haiti’s population – and devastated the capital city, killing an unknown number of people and destroying buildings.
Like so many of you, I have been following the news from Haiti very closely, and we’ve already taken steps to assist in relief and recovery from this devastating tragedy. As home to approximately 5,000 people of Haitian ancestry living in Westchester, we must do all that we can as individuals and collectively to help save the lives of people in Haiti.
One of the first things people ask is: How can I help?
There are many established organizations and efforts that are in need of our support to provide relief to the people of Haiti. What follows is some information about how our residents can get involved in the relief effort.
Donations: Financial donations needed and are critical at this point. The Catholic Relief Service of Haiti (an official international humanitarian agency) is gathering donations currently. You can go online or call 1-800-736-3467 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Volunteering: People interested in volunteering to help with the relief effort should call the American Red Cross in Westchester County at (914) 946-6500 x.200. Ask for the volunteer division.
People who are trying to locate U.S. citizens living in or traveling in Haiti should contact the U.S. Department of State – The Office of Overseas Citizens Services at (888) 407-4747 or (202) 647-5225.
I know that working together, we can do everything we can as soon as we can to help the people of Haiti fully recover from this disaster.
Westchester County Legislator