New Yorkers Rally For Haiti

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[New York City Council]

As you've undoubtedly heard, this past Tuesday Haiti was hit by a major 7.0 earthquake that devastated its capital, Port-au-Prince. 

The extent of the damage is truly shocking. Members of New York's large Haitian American community are understandably anxious about their loved ones and the state of their homeland. 

We at the NYC Council are working closely with Governor Paterson, Mayor Bloomberg and Haitian American leaders across the City and State to help respond to this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who've been affected by this devastating earthquake. 

The Haitian government with the assistance of the international community is in the process of rescue and recovery, as well as assessing the damage and determining what will be needed to assist survivors and rebuild the country.  New Yorkers who want to help those in Haiti are encouraged to donate to the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City.

Donations to this fund can be made safely and securely in the following ways:

Online at

By phone at 212-788-7794 or call 311.  Mail checks, with Haiti Earthquake Relief written in the memo, to: Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, One Centre Street, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10007
The Mayor's Fund will direct contributions to reputable, well-established organizations such as the American Red Cross that are
working on the scene.

Of course many New Yorkers want to contribute food and other supplies directly to the victims.  We've been told that because of conditions on the ground in Haiti it would be difficult to receive such supplies and to deliver them where they're most needed. 
The magnitude of the problem is just too great and too complex.  So again, we urge New Yorkers who want to help to make donations to the Mayor's Fund.  You can also donate directly to the Red Cross by phone at 1-800-REDCROSS or online at <

The U.S. State Department has set up a hotline for people trying to reach family members in Haiti.  That number is 1-888-407-4747.

Again, our thoughts and prayers are with all those who've been affected by this devastating earthquake.  To those Haitian Americans in NYC, if there's anything we can do to help you, please let me know.

Christine C. Quinn is Speaker, New York City Council

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