It goes without saying that our hearts and prayers go out to everyone affected by yesterday's catastrophic earthquake that took place in Haiti. After seeing the images that have come back from the country, that alone should make you want to do something--anything--to help with the massive relief efforts that must take place immediately. Wyclef Jean, who represents his homeland of Haiti with everything he has, released the following statement through his record label earlier:
"Haiti today faced a natural disaster of unprecedented proportion, an earthquake unlike anything the country has ever experienced. The magnitude 7.0 earthquake - and several very strong aftershocks - struck only 10 miles from Port-au-Prince. I cannot stress enough what a human disaster this is, and idle hands will only make this tragedy worse. The over 2 million people in Port-au-Prince tonight face catastrophe alone. We must act now. President Obama has already said that the U.S. stands 'ready to assist' the Haitian people. The U.S. Military is the only group trained and prepared to offer that assistance immediately. They must do so as soon as possible. The international community must also rise to the occasion and help the Haitian people in every way possible."
You can help immediately by doing one of two things: Either you can use your cell phone to text "Yele" to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund (it will be charged to your cell phone bill), or you can visit www.Yele.org and click on DONATE.
Please, do that. And pray.