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Haiti aid continues as help still needed here at home

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An aftershock measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale hit Haiti early this morning further hampering the relief effort. The US Geological Survey says today's aftershock was the strongest to hit haiti since last week's quake. Meanwhile international, national and local Red Cross organizations continue their relief efforts for Haiti. To help feed and house those left homeless and provide medical care, the Red Cross is asking for monetary donations.

According to the Pan American Health Organization, 200,000 people are dead. Logistical challenges still remain in port au prince. That's why charities in our area are stressing the need for money instead of items.

"We also have people coming forward wanting to contribute items because they don't have money to give," Viki LaBelle of the Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross said. "Most of the relief agencies do not have the capacity to take individual contributions of items and without a mail and government infrastructure that is stable in Haiti right now, what we really need are monetary contributions so that the relief agencies can purchase the supplies needed in those areas."

The Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross is still taking donations of all sorts for Haiti and other aid efforts. There have been at least 10 house fires in the Wilmington area since the first of the year, meaning there are many people in need of help right here at home.

If Haiti is where you'd like to donate, there are organizations collecting necessities that will be sent to Haiti in the coming weeks.

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