Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Crisis in Haiti

The Crisis in Haiti

The tremendous outpouring of support for victims of the earthquake in Haiti is a reminder of the generosity of individuals. I recently met with students from St. Mary's School in Little Haiti, the largest Haitian community in South Florida. This tragedy personally touched many of the school's students, who have relatives in Haiti. Though many come from families with modest means, within the first 24 hours after the earthquake, students raised $500 for Haiti's relief efforts. This is just one of the many acts of generosity Floridians are undertaking to assist the Haitian people in their time of need.

Parish School Visit
Florida Senator George LeMieux Visiting with Monsignor Hogan of the Archdiocese of Miami at St. Mary's Cathedral in Little Haiti & Sister Jane Stoecker and the children at St. Mary's Parish School.

During this crisis, it is important we remove potential impediments to relief. That is why I joined with my Senate colleagues to adjust the federal tax code to make it easier for people to contribute directly to Haiti's recovery. The Senate unanimously approved this tax code fix and I am hopeful the House of Representatives will follow suit and send it to the president for his signature.

The U.S. tax code should not stand in the way of humanitarian relief efforts. The people in Haiti continue to need a great deal of assistance and there are many generous Americans who want to help.

Click here to learn more about how you can help.

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