From First Selectman Timothy M. Herbst
Dear Trumbull Residents,
My prayers and thoughts go out to the people of Haiti and to all who have been affected by the catastrophic earthquake that has left nearly three million people in need of assistance Haiti’s capital city is in ruins. Most of the buildings have collapsed. Families have been separated. Estimates of the dead range from 50,000-200,000, and many more have lost their homes.
Organizations are working quickly and around the clock to meet the overwhelming need for clean water, medical aid and supplies, food, blood, shelter, and order among ruins and chaos.
The need for help is great, and the need is urgent.
Many of you have talked about making a financial contribution to the humanitarian operations taking place in Haiti. Clearly, Trumbull cares, so I wanted to facilitate the interest by providing information on a few organizations involved in the Haiti relief efforts. Our contributions will truly make a difference in aiding the people of Haiti.
My heartfelt thanks to those who are serving or supporting the Haiti relief and recovery efforts.
Timothy M. Herbst
Partial List of Organizations Needing Financial Assistance
for Haiti Relief Efforts
The American Red Cross is providing a wide-range of support, including food, water, blood, equipment, field hospitals, emotional support and sanitation services. They are also helping to reconnect families.
Phone: 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) Website: www.redcross.org
Mail: American Red Cross, Haiti Relief & Development, PO Box 4002018,
Des Moines, IA 50340-2018
Mobile Giving: Text the word “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts. The charge will appear on your cell phone bill.
AmeriCares, based in Stamford, is preparing for the arrival of their first emergency airlift into Haiti. A second team is currently en route to Haiti. Workers are coordinating the distribution of $15 million worth of lifesaving medical aid to help Haitian survivors over the days, weeks and months ahead and a second airlift is planned in the coming days.
Save The Children is attending to the most critical and urgent needs of children and families in Haiti. Donations help provide needed medical attention, safe drinking water, and other necessities.
Phone: 203.221.4000 Website: www.savethechildren.org
Mail: Save the Children, Income Processing Department, 54 Wilton Road Westport, CT 06880
UNICEF is deploying clean water and sanitation supplies, therapeutic foods, medical supplies and temporary shelter. UNICEF will also be focusing on children who have become separated from their families to protect them from harm or exploitation.
Phone: 1-800-4UNICEF Website: www.unicef.org
Mail: UNICEF, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038
CARE is distributing water purification tables, primarily to hospitals and health care providers. Initially, CARE intends to focus on food, water and shelter, with an initial goal of reaching at least 50,000-75,000 people. Plans include distribution of basic items for water and sanitation, food and temporary shelter, including water purification tablets, buckets with covers, jerry cans and other water containers, hygiene kits, high-energy biscuits, plastic sheeting and cooking kits.
Phone: 1-800-521-CARE Website: www.care.org
Mail: CARE Gift Center, PO Box 1871, Merrifield, VA 22116-9753
Clinton Bush Haiti Fund: The two former Presidents have established the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund (CBHF) to identify and fulfill unmet needs in the region, foster economic opportunity, improve the quality of life of those affected over the long term, and assist the people of Haiti as they rebuild their lives and country. Presidents Clinton and Bush oversee the CBHF through their respective nonprofit organizations, the William J. Clinton Foundation and Communities Foundation of Texas
Mobile Giving: Text the word "QUAKE" to 20222 to donate $10 to the Clinton Bush
Haiti Fund. The charge will appear on your cell phone bill