Catholic Relief Services has launched a major aid operation to help the victims of the Haiti earthquake. CRS has been working in Haiti since 1954. The CRS team in Haiti is in place to distribute emergency relief. Donations can be made online at www.crs.org or sent directly to them at:
228 W. Lexington
Baltimore, MD 21201-3413.
Prayers, of course, are absolutely needed. Many people from the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois have traveled to Haiti over the years with the diocese, Eastern Illinois University Newman Center, Quincy University, and through their sister parish relationships or with the Haitian priests who serve in our diocese.
The people of Haiti are ill-equipped to handle any sort of emergency situation, certainly one of this magnitude. The resilience and faith of the Haitian people are their only and greatest resource.