From the Desk of Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine

January 15, 2010

The heartbreaking news of the catastrophic earthquake that hit the small island nation of Haiti on Jan. 12 has caught the attention of people the world over. The great melting pot that is New York has a large Haitian community and many of our neighbors are suffering in heart and soul along with their friends and relatives on the devastated island. Many people with no personal connection other than a concern for their fellow man are looking to aid the victims of this enormous natural disaster.

The Red Cross has announced that monetary donations are what is most immediately needed. I would ask all who would like to help to contact one of the following organizations, which are established and responsible, to make a donation:

MercyCorps Haiti Earthquake Relief
Call 1-888-256-1900

UNICEF - Haiti Earthquake Relief
Call 1-800-486-4233

Clinton Foundation Haiti Relief and Recovery Efforts
Call 1-501-748-0471

American Red Cross Earthquake Relief
Call 1-800-733-2767

Doctors Without Borders Haiti Earthquake Relief
Call 1-888-392-0392

A list of additional organizations can be be found at

Thank you all for your generosity.