To the editor:
You can help! The Avera Haiti Project brings the current disaster so much closer to home and so much closer to our hearts.
We have learned in past disasters that the need comes in two waves. The first is the need for dollars to buy medical goods, bandages, antibiotics, medications and other emergency products. The second wave is the need for food, clothing, rebuilding and construction dollars. In past disasters, we have directed dollars through the Red Cross, Doctors without Borders and Catholic Charities. In this disaster, we also have a great partner in Haitian Health Foundation.
We are in contact with each of these organizations and will direct dollars to the area where they will have the greatest impact. You can help! Your gift of $25, $50, $100 or even $250 will help the people in Port au Prince and the surrounding areas. Avera will match your gift dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000.
Word today from the Haitian Health Foundation (HHF) confirms that even Jérémie (where many Avera colleagues have participated in working visits) though 100 miles from the epicenter, has sustained damage but no loss of staff and volunteers. They are still assessing the situation. The great suffering for the people there is not being able to find out if family and friends in the hardest-hit areas are alive and well. There is no boat or road by which they can travel. In addition, vital supplies in Port au Prince waiting to be moved to Jérémie, cannot be transported at this time, nor does the HHF know if they are lost or damaged.
You can make your gift online by going to www.Avera.org and clicking on the Haiti Rescue icon. Select Haiti Rescue from the Program Area drop down box.
Please call the Avera Foundation at (605) 322.4750 with any questions.
John T. Porter
President and CEO