POSTED: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 5:07pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 6:03pm
BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) – It’s been a year since the disaster in Haiti took the lives of hundreds of thousands. The work to recover is ongoing, and help is still desperately needed.
Here in South Louisiana, we know all too well how long it can take to rebuild from a crippling natural disaster. And just as we saw in the first days after Hurricane Katrina, the American Red Cross was on the ground in Haiti from day one.
Our understanding of how long it takes to recover is why the Red Cross says people here seem to have a strong connection to the recovery effort.
"South Louisianans have been incredibly generous,” Nancy Malone, Public relations for the American Red Cross, explained. “We have a connection to Haiti, culturally, but also we've been in a similar scenario, and people have reached out to help us here. And so, we've seen that in the donations. We're continuing to receive donations. Even last week, there was a 200 dollar check that came in."
So far, the Red Cross has collected $479 million for the Haiti recovery effort. Of that, $245 million has already been allotted to various projects. More is needed to help recoup all that has been lost.