Water, food, medical supplies, shelter all are needed. . .as are our prayers.
Your kids will be hearing about this devastation in school and it is important to be able to dispel any fears and misinformation before they fester - click here for recommended age- appropriate suggestions by PBS. (h/t Valerie Strauss)
President Obama to addressed the nation at 10:00 AM EST.
Secretary Clinton states the scene is "unimaginable".
Link to The White House website here with ways to help:
You can also help immediately by donating to the Red Cross to assist the relief effort. Contribute online to the Red Cross, or donate $10 to be charged to your cell phone bill by texting "HAITI" to "90999." Find more ways to help through the Center for International Disaster Information.
Breaking News 8:56 PM (1/13/10)
1) Katie Couric, anchor of CBS News, reports "parents have lost children, and children have lost parents" and reports today from Haiti:2) The Huffington Post posted a list of the multiple ways we all can help here."Dawn is supposed to bring hope. But today -- sunlight revealed hundreds of dead in the streets of Port-Au-Prince.
3) The New York Times reports:" . . . Calling the death toll "unimaginable" as he surveyed the wreckage, Haiti's president, René Préval, said he had no idea where he would sleep. Schools, hospitals and a prison were damaged. . . .
". . . Parliament has collapsed," Mr. Préval told The Miami Herald. "The tax office has collapsed. Schools have collapsed. Hospitals have collapsed. There are a lot of schools that have a lot of dead people in them. . ."
" . . . This is a time when we are reminded of the common humanity that we all share," Mr. Obama said, speaking in the morning in the White House diplomatic reception room with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. at his side. . . "The Haitian Community is Our World Community.