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What we can do to help Haiti

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In previous editorials, we have advocated the donation of money to Nobles County United Way, Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota and other area entities.

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We continue to encourage financial support of these types of charitable organizations in our backyard. However, it should go without saying there are other places in the world -- Haiti being a prime example -- facing a far more immediate and desperate need.

Reports from The Associated Press Wednesday afternoon stated that "officials feared thousands -- perhaps more than 100,000 -- may have perished" as a result of a 7.0-magnitude earthquake Tuesday afternoon that virtually leveled Port-Au-Prince, that nation's capital. The International Red Cross said a third of the country's 9 million people may need emergency aid, the AP added.

Some Minnesota-based aid groups with existing presences in Haiti are already primed to assist in what will be a mammoth humanitarian effort. Feed My Starving Children, based in Coon Rapids, will be packing even more meals than usual in the coming weeks in response; HealingHaiti.org of White Bear Lake is asking for additional donations for water trucks that will provide emergency water to victims. Another group, St. Paul-based World Wide Village, is hoping to coordinate a response among Twin Cities organizations already in Haiti.

A simple search online already results in several other means of helping out. We should all consider some type of gift -- after all, think of how grateful we would be if we were remembered at our time of desperation. -- Worthington Daily Globe

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