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Outpouring Of Local Support For Earthquake Victims In Haiti

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By Patrick Madden

The Washington region continues to respond to the growing need for money, medicine, and other supplies in Haiti.

Across the region, residents are answering the call for help. At checkout lines, customers have donated more than $100,000 at Giant grocery stores.

At a command center at the Haitian Embassy on Massachusetts Avenue, local residents field calls for missing relatives using equipment on loan from D.C. City Hall.

Inside a ballroom at the Fairfax Hotel, local business leaders are marshaling their resources.

"Don't Stop! Don't Stop! Don't Stop next week," says says Solanges Vivens, a Haitian-American who owns a nursing care business in the Distrcit and recently opened a school in Haiti. "It's going to [take] years to get this place back to what we in the United States consider 'normalcy.'if we the diaspora don't stand together and say enough is enough. Let us get together to make sure those who die don't die in vaine."

Vivens is still waiting for word about the state of her school and its 240 students. She says cellphones aren't working and the internet is down.

Vivens discovered her niece was okay when CNN showed footage of a rescue team freeing the woman from a pile of rubble. She's finding hope in the outpouring of support as she waits for more news.


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