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Haiti Earthquake Response

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On Saturday October 6, Haiti was struck by a 5.9 magnitude earthquake followed the next day by a strong aftershock. The earthquake hit Gros-Morne, killing two people, injuring hundreds, and causing damage to countless homes and structures, including a school, auditorium, and the Alma Mater hospital. This hit home for all of us who live in, and love Gros-Morne.

Rebuilding will take a lot of time, and it's not expected the government or aid organizations will be able to give much help. Many of you have already reached out to ask how you can support the community during this disaster, and as always we are in awe and grateful to have such a wide and generous network.

The most immediate needs are to help those who lost their homes and are too afraid to sleep indoors (a real threat, as aftershocks have already been felt and caused more damage to fragile homes). Long term, we'll need funds to pay for engineers and building supplies.

Thank you for contributing - your generosity immediately helps the people of Gros-Morne.

Mesi anpil.

How We Will Get Your Donations to Haiti:

1. Jennifer Prillaman, a former volunteer with the RJMs in Gros-Morne,  will collect the GoFundMe donations together and send to the Religious of Jesus and Mary  marked for Gros Morne earthquake relief. This GoFundMe campaign is being co-run by Sr. Jackie and Brittany Galvin in Gros-Morne, who are expecting the donations and have full access to the amount collected.

2. The Religious of Jesus and Mary in Gros-Morne will use the money for the most pressing needs they see in Gros-Morne, including to repair the damage to Alma Mater Hospital, the Hospital guest house, and then individual homes. They've already had engineers visit these sites to assess them and create repair plans.

Let us know if you have any questions!

Fundraising team: Gros Morne (6)

Jennifer Prillaman
Brittany Galvin
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Jacqueline Picard
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Aileen Reed
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Beth Ratke
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