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Help Haiti any way you can

On Tuesday, January 12, 2010, the Caribbean nation of Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake, causing a catastrophe of such proportions that it is beyond the imagination of most of those reading these words.
Beyond the disaster of so many lives lost, is the staggering amount of work and money needed to help the survivors simply survive.
Facing months and years of rebuilding, aid is desperately needed to facilitate their recovery. Their living conditions are horrendous with thousands sleeping in the streets. Emergency relief workers from Samaritan’s Purse have described Haiti as “chaotic and disorienting.”
Unfortunately there are always irreputable “charities” and individuals who would accept donations and then take advantage of generous people. And, understandably, you may be reluctant to donate for fear of having your contribution misdirected.
After researching several agencies, both international and local, we would offer you the following websites of organizations which have proven trustworthy in the past: Samaritanspurse.org; compassion.org; worldvision.org; redcross.org; and safewaternexus.org.
A local ministry, Agape Christian Mission out of Avoca Christian Church is also collecting supplies for Haiti survivors. The mission has been building churches and school houses in Haiti for over 20 years.
The most urgently needed supplies include water purification tablets; food such as rice, dried beans, barley, powdered milk, and canned meat; personal items such as soap, shampoo, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste and brushes; health items such as fever reducers, decongestants, cough suppressants, antidiarrheal, antacids, topical antibiotic cream, bandages. If you can help with shipping funds, they are also needed desperately.
Two local churches are acting as drop-off points for Agape: Highlands Church of Christ in Gray, and Embreeville Church of Christ in Jonesborough.
We are certain that there are many more churches and charities which are active in the relief efforts. We urge you to take some time to think about ways you can help. Whether our means are great or small, there is something all of us can do.
The Herald & Tribune also invites other organizations to submit their contact information to let readers know other ways to help with the devastation in Haiti.