Helping Haiti this Christmas
Governor Palin today posted on Facebook:
If you are still looking for a cause to donate to this Christmas,
allow me to make a suggestion. Todd, Bristol, Greta Van Susteren, and I
recently traveled to Haiti to witness first hand the amazing work done
by Rev. Franklin Graham’s organization Samaritan’s Purse. Bristol wrote about our experiences on her Facebook page here.
In an effort to fight a deadly cholera outbreak in Haiti, Samaritan’s
Purse has flown over a dozen flights carrying vital medical supplies to
the two cholera treatment centers it has been running since the start
of the outbreak. These centers, run by medical volunteers from the U.S.,
Canada, and the UK, have helped save the lives of nearly 5,000
The cholera treatment centers are part of a larger Samaritan’s Purse
effort aimed at restoring the human dignity and economic independence of
the Haitian people. Since the disastrous earthquake in January of this
year, Samaritan’s Purse has spent $29 million on relief, helping more
than half a million people by building 10,000 shelters (more than half
of the shelters built in Haiti to date have been put up by Samaritan’s
Purse); providing non-cholera related medical assistance (including 250
surgeries) to a total of 43,000 patients; providing clean drinking water
to more than 75,000 people; and clearing the rubble from 179 building
None of this would have been possible without the generosity of
countless small donors. With all the blessings bestowed upon us in this
great country of ours, we also have an opportunity to share those
blessings with people who are less fortunate. Samaritan’s Purse is doing
exactly that – saving lives one person at a time.
If you’d like to support the great work Samaritan’s Purse does in Haiti and around the world, please visit their website.
Below you’ll find some photos of our Haiti visit taken by Greta Van
Susteren. They show what we saw at a temporary housing camp, at the
cholera clinics in Bercy and Cité Soleil, and at a meeting where we
helped to bring smiles to children’s faces by handing out shoeboxes
filled with presents as part of Samaritan's Purse’s worldwide Operation
- Sarah PalinGreta Van Susteren and her husband, John; Franklin Graham and his
daughter, Cissy; Todd, Bristol, and I had the privilege of passing out
Samaritan’s Purse gifts to Haitian children. Volunteers with Samaritan’s
Purse assembled 8 million Christmas gift boxes to bless children around
the world this season!At a temporary housing camp. Over one million Haitians have been displaced since January’s earthquake.In the clinic with a tiny six-month-old baby with cholera and pneumonia, a twin who was in the clinic after his mother died.At the end of a day in Haiti, Bristol and I took in the physical
beauty of the country while discussing what seems like improbable
poverty and great malaise in a country with so much potential.
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