While its very admirable that the Hollywood community would rally to raise funds for those affected by the horrendous aftermath of such an earthquake in Haiti last week, I’d like to make you aware of an organization which has been helping the Haitian people for over 20 years, which truly deserves your support.
One of the key concerns for families donating their hard-earned dollars is always that the funds contributed will do the most good for the purpose the money was given. That was my desire when I developed the Foundation for Grieving Children.
When such major telethons join with the Red Cross, United Way and others who have, in the past, shown they have so many tiers of administration or that the funds are not managed well, I personally look toward other non-profits whose motivation is a pure heart.
Consequently, I’d like to introduce to you an organization known as Hope for Haiti founded by a good friend, JoAnne Kuehner. Her husband and I are alumni of the University of Scranton and I learned of her work many years ago.
She has a pure heart toward the children and families of Haiti and has been doing this work for over 20 years. This is the type of organization which deserves our support.
Ironically, the telethon tomorrow night has the same name as her organization which has been doing this work long before the earthquake.
So I encourage you to consider sending any donation you choose to make for the survival of the people of Haiti to JoAnne’s organization. They have successfully helped the Haitian people in the past and are already on the ground.
They know the land, the people, the needs, the politics. From my perspective, they have a much greater ability to get the job done more efficiently and effectively than any group which has spung up overnight since the earthquake. For these new organizations, it’s a learning process. For JoAnne’s organization, Hope for Haiti, it’s commonplace.
In this day and age, it is necessary to use our donated dollars wisely. Give your gift to Hope for Haiti at www.hopeforhaiti.com. They will use your generosity with wisdom and speed and, most of all, much love.
Our prayers are with all who have endured this tragic event and all who have given of their time to help these families rebuild each shattered life.
God Bless the nation of Haiti and its people. And God Bless JoAnne and her team for the countless years of dedication toward this cause.