Help for Haiti.

I received a email today from the Chaplain of the Correctional Youth Institution in Granville county. Chaplain Thomas Eldridge found me because he served in the Navy with a priest and fellow Chaplain Marc Boisvert and thought I might be a relative. I am probably but it is quite distant. We are all brothers in Christ by our Baptism.

I first heard about Free the kids on the radio this morning driving to work when a Greensboro N.C. radio station 101.1 FM, The Brad and Britt Show played an appeal calling for emergency donations for his mission which is about 90 miles from Port Au Prince. The mission was not damaged by the quake, however it is full of orphans, about 650, who have food only for about 5 days. The are down to 55 gallons of fuel for their generator.

The worries are, given the state of the corruption of the government, and lack of resources, when the roads are open the people of the Port Au Prince are going to leave the city looking for a place to stay, food and water. The already overloaded mission could very soon be overwhelmed. Their only security is a man on a horse with a stick. This is a tragedy of biblical proportions.

Currently only money is being requested because there is no way to bring supplies to the children of the mission. please read the below article and hopefully donate.

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Ten year ago Father Marc Boisvert, who grew up in Lewiston, answered a calling.

He moved to Haiti and built a one room schoolhouse. Today, Father Marc's "Free The Kids" humanitarian organization runs an orphanage, a number of schools and a farm.

The 150 acre compound is located on the southern coast of Haiti. None of the buildings there were damaged in the earthquake. But people there are still worried about the impact of the quake.

Portland attorney, Rob Morris, is a member of the organization's board of directors. He says they're concerned about how supplies like food and fuel will reach the orphanage since Port Au Prince is the main pipeline for those goods.

"Everything that comes into Haiti," says Morris, "comes through Port Au Prince. There's one airport. The Haitians really strictly control what comes in and goes out so all of the supplies, the food, the fuel, everything that Father Marc and the orphanage and the village needs comes through Port Au Prince. Now if you check out his blog he says they have about two weeks of food supplies and then don't know where it's going to come from."

Morris says the best thing for people to do if they want to help is to make a donation to the organization so that money will be on hand when supplies are available.

You can make a donation by going to the Free the Kids website.

On Monday night, January 18th, the Portland pub Brian Boru, along with Shipyard Brewing, will hold a fundraiser for the organization. All of the proceeds will go to Free the Kids.

In Jesus name I pray.

You died Jesus, but the source of life flowed out for souls and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O fountain of Life, immeasurable Divine Mercy, cover the people of Haiti and empty Yourself out upon them.

O Blood and Water which flowed from the heart of Jesus as a Fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and upon Haiti in this dark hour. Jesus King of Mercy, I trust in You! Amen †

Jhesu + Marie,

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