Friday, January 15, 2010

Do It. Help Haiti.

As a high school English tutor in Boston, I worked almost exclusively with Haitian immigrants. They were truly tremendous and, echoing the feelings of teachers everywhere, they taught me more than I ever taught them about verb tenses. I remember their pride when an assignment required them to present their favorite things about Haiti. They talked about places like the Presidential Palace—a treasure that has now been totally erased. My heart aches for the students at Hyde Park High School, so I just wanted to make quick post about what is being done locally and what you can still do to help.

George of TiGeorge’s Chicken(the most delicious Haitian food and coffee around), hosted a dinner in Echo Park last night to raise funds for the island nation and is holding another benefit on Saturday.

NBC Los Angeles is hosting drive-through fundraising events throughout greater Los Angeles over the weekend.

And finally, the newest, easiest, and most completely brilliant way to donate—and to do it RIGHT NOW—is by texting.
  • To donate $10 to the Red Cross, text “HAITI” to 90999
  • To donate $5 to Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti, "Yele” to 501501

Charges will reflect on your phone bill.

-- Heather Robertson

Photo credit: Google/GeoEye

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