Monday, January 18, 2010

Statement from Florida Senator Frederica S. Wilson Regarding the Earthquake in Haiti

“As the State Senator for Florida District 33 in Miami, I represent hundreds of Haitian immigrants whose families are suffering today as the result of the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti yesterday.

“I call upon our citizens to pray for the victims and ask for their help in gathering supplies and much needed aid for this already impoverished country.

“I am especially concerned about the children and young people, particularly their safety and education which may be interrupted and their futures curtailed.

“I call upon Governor Crist, the Obama administration, and the State Department to urgently respond to the needs of the families in Haiti who are just beginning to recover from four back-to-back major storms.

“We will be asking local merchants, major businesses and citizens to assist in joining forces with the American Red Cross and Save the Children to help the families affected by this horrific event. We particularly appeal to businesses heavily patronized by residents of District 33 in the northern areas of Miami-Dade County.

“On behalf of the citizens I represent, we extend our heartfelt compassion to all of Haiti, to children who may be separated from their families, and mothers separated from their children. We pray for their unification.

“For those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, we pray for your strength and fortitude, as you unite in solidarity to face the hardship of this devastating event brought upon your country.

“May God bless your people. May God bless the Nation of Haiti.”

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