Its been a short time since the Haitian earthquake, yet the ground beneath their feet continues to move bringing further destruction and despair. If ever a time to illustrate Masonic relief, now is that time!
In many of the Masonic forum, word has circulated some of the various ways to help, including sending relief to your local Grand Lodge marked Haitian relief, or to send materials directly to the Grand Lodge of the Dominican Republic!
I strongly suggest sending your aid directly to the American Red Cross, a link to which you can follow from FmI that allows you to contribute 100% to them (we receives no portion of your contribution). Or, following the Red Cross relief recommendation, you can donate directly to Haitian relief by sending the text message “HAITI” to 9-0-9-9-9 which makes a $10 donation to support the American Red Cross Haiti relief efforts.
I strongly urge you, if within your means, to help those in the deepest of need.
And, if you insist on sending hard materials/goods through Masonic channels, the Grand Lodge of the Dominican Republic’s message of how is below.
OFFICIAL NOTICE FROM
GRAND LODGE OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, INC.
SUPREME COUNCIL 33RD DEGREE, INC.
MASONIC CENTER FOR COLLECTION OF HUMANITARIAN AID FOR HAITI
Starting January 13, 2010, the Masonic Center for Collection of Humanitarian Aid for Haiti is established at the building of the Grand Lodge of the Dominican Republic, Inc., where brethren and the public-at-large may deliver their donations of non-perishable foodstuffs (rice, beans and other grains), canned food, bottled water, medicine and clothing. This contribution will be delivered through the corresponding official institutions to the needy population in our sister Republic of Haiti.
Donations may be delivered at:
Gran Logia de la República Dominicana, Inc.
Calle Arzobispo Portes No. 554 esquina Las Carreras
Ciudad Nueva, Santo Domingo, D.N.
(Publication authorized by M. Wor. Bro. Edy Federico PEÑA BARET, Grand Master, and Ill. and P. Bro. Eduardo MEJÍA JABID, Sovereign Grand Commander)
SOME IDEAS FOR YOUR DONATION FOR HAITI:
* Beans (canned)
* Sausages (canned)
* Sardines (canned)
* Tuna (canned)
* Soda crackers
* Milk in tetrapack
* Fruit juice in tetrapack
* Other non-perishable food items
* Oral rehydration Serum
* Analgesics (acetaminophen, ibuprophen)
* Elastic bandages
* Antibiotics (amoxicifiline, in suspension and/or tablets)
* Antiseptics (iodine type or chlorhexidine soap)
* Sanitary napkins
Grand Commission of Foreign Relations
Grand Lodge of the Dominican Republic, Inc.
Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep.
T 809-508-7031 / M 809-707-4416
I have a note out to confirm the information, and will update as more comes available, but for now, if within your means, take a few moments, follow the link at the top of the site to the Red Cross, or simply text your message of “HAITI” to 9-0-9-9-9 which makes an immediate $10 donation in this desperate time.