Across US, outpouring of grief and help for Haiti
Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 4:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 4:26 p.m.
MIAMI — Across the U.S., people with relatives and friends in Haiti are desperately trying to get word from the earthquake-ravaged nation.
In Miami, Hans Mardy has dialed hundreds of times, praying his father or sister or brothers will pick up the phone. But no one answers.
The U.S. has about 800,000 residents of Haitian descent. Some are pouring their energy into relief efforts, joining Americans with no connection to Haiti who just want to help as they collect bottled water, canned goods, medical supplies and money. Others are bowing their heads in prayer or sitting transfixed by their televisions as they await word.
People are doing what they can to mobilize aid to Haiti, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. The U.S. is dispatching ships, helicopters, planes and a 2,000-member Marine unit.
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