But it's really meaningless to most of us.
But not to my aide, Nerlande (Nelly,) who is from Haiti. She has been walking around for the last few days hiding tears. I asked her if her family has been in touch with her, and are ok.
She has lost some members.
"Eight, so far."
Now it became very personal.
I know I'll remember hearing that for a long time.
The kind, gentle woman who has helped care for me for months has suffered a tremendous loss. Nameless, faceless victims aren't dead, but relatives of a friend. And since the initial reports, she has lost even more family and friends. The toll rises.Sure I gave her a condolence card, and a few bucks to help out. But it is so little. I am asking everyone, if you have been thinking of sending some money to a reputable organization to help out, please do. If you haven't, please reconsider.
Here on the East Coast we have a huge Haitan community. Many of our friends and neighbors have lost family. Help for their sake.