Tiziana Dearing, President of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Boston, appeared on This is the Day to give an update on the situation in Haiti. Ms. Dearing spoke of the ways that five million dollar commitment made by Catholic Relief Services would be raised. First people have donated online at CRS.org and over three million dollars has been raised. Secondly, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have authorized a special collection in all Catholic parishes for the upcoming weekend.
As of today, CRS is increasing its original $5 funding commitment and is planning an emergency response with an expectation of raising $25 million from its generous supporters for its relief effort.
Most, but not all, CRS staff already based in Haiti have been accounted for. Those serving fear more building collapses, are sleeping and working outdoors while marshaling relief supplies for delivery to Haiti's earthquake survivors.
Tiziana visited Haiti just six weeks ago and fears for the safety of her colleagues and the people of Haiti who extended such warm hospitality. She shared that Boston has the 3rd largest population of Haitians in the US and Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese has set up counseling resources for those mourning loved ones and those who are still trying to locate family and friends in Haiti. Visit http://www.ccab.org/help-haiti.html to learn more.
Watch Tiziana Dearing appearance on This is the Day: