Hello-Hello, and greetings from the corner condo at Princess InterGalactic HQ, where we had lots of lighthearted and fun preppy newsbytes for our post.
But images from far away kept pushing out the completely inconsequential drivel yours truly had planned for today.
In the light of such devastation a ‘normal post’ seemed out of order.
It is good to know that assistance is on the way from around the world.
From China (above), and Colombia (below)…
More are coming from the south of France…
… and also from Spain…
… along with Peru.
US boots are on the ground in Haiti: Maurice Cain, USAF senior airman, unloads humanitarian supplies from Panama in Port-au-Prince.
Help is coming from across the country, including US Southern Command in Miami….
… and Jacksonville….
… from Baltimore…
Search and rescue teams are on their way from Los Angeles.
New York Task Force 1, an urban search and rescue unit, is sending 80 members.
Fairfax County Search & Rescue is already there.
But so much more is needed.
The agony stretches as far as one can see.
We realize this isn’t what readers normally come to the Princess blog for, but are exercising editorial privilege today.
If thinking about sending financial support, we can share that we have been fortunate to work with many domestic and international relief organizations during our years in TV. Most of the news coverage with the varying groups occurred on US soil, some was overseas.
We are huge supporters of Doctors without Borders, having worked with them on multiple stories over the years. They are simply remarkable. The group was already operating three medical facilities in Haiti before the earthquake; those buildings are no longer usable.
The Consort traveled to Honduras in 1998 with International Aid after Hurricane Mitch, for a series of special reports tracking medicine purchased with money donated by viewers. We can’t say enough good things about that group.
There are also obvious choices, like the Red Cross or UNICEF. If thinking about donating, guidance from Charity Navigator can be of immense help when selecting a specific organization. Because despite what the images show, help now on the way now is merely a small drop in a very large bucket.
With apologies for the graphic images and appreciation for your gracious tolerance, we promise to be ‘back to normal’ tomorrow.