Please keep praying for Haiti.
Since the situation on the ground does not allow us to jump on a plane to Haiti, roll up our sleeves and do our Christian work in a hands on fashion, to do charity work there means to find reputable charities and donate good hard cash. United in Prayer that Cory Heimann at Likable Art is involved with is supporting Catholic Relief Services. Watch his video here. And you can download a great cd of Catholic musicians for your donation at AfterMass, too! Please support this great cause by clicking here now. The album is fantastic! I support Catholic musicians; you should too.
Another truly fantastic charity is Food for the Poor. One of their priest missionaries came to our parish and in a moving and sometimes very funny ways, painted a grim picture of the need in Haiti even before the earthquake. Food for the Poor is an ecumenical charity, though it appears that it is mostly Catholic and it has the astronomical efficiency rate of 97%–meaning that 97 cents of every donated dollar goes into food, shelter, education, etc. for the poor the charity serves. Those Christian missionaries all have vows of poverty and unlike SOME charities, the head of the charity isn’t making 6 figures and flying from one big fundraising black tie event after another. (No, I’m not looking at UNICEF, what gave you that impression? there are …so many from which to choose, sadly.)
On a related note, the Detroit Free Press recently published that Michigan Catholics have donated over $1 mil dollars to Haiti. Way to go, fellow Mitten Catholics!
Catholics in southeastern Michigan have raised more than $1 million so far for the victims of Haiti’s earthquake, officials said today.
The Archdiocese of Detroit has been collecting donations from local parishes in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair, Lapeer and Monroe counties. As of Monday, the total passed $1 million, said Archdiocese spokesman Joe Kohn.
“After the earthquake happened, Archbishop (Allen) Vigneron expressed his confidence that the people of the Archdiocese would offer their support by way of prayers and financial support,” Kohn said today. “His confidence was well placed. Given the economic situation we’re in, it’s encouraging to see people step up and show this kind of generosity.”
The archdiocese has been collecting donations on behalf of Catholic Relief Services.
Haiti, which has a Catholic-majority population, suffered enormous losses in the Jan. 12 earthquake, in which Port-au-Prince Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot died.
Haiti’s government said today 230,000 people died.
To donate to Haiti through the Archdiocese, visit:
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