U.S. Government and Aid Groups Rush Support to Haiti

Elsewhere in New York City, Fernando Mateo, head of the city's taxi driver federation, said his 60,000 members and the Bodegueros Association that represents 14,000 grocery owners were launching Operation Rescue Haiti. They are seeking the help of a major transportation company to deliver the goods.

In the Chicago suburb of Evanston, about 25 members of the Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti gathered to pray and make plans to help.

And in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood, hundreds of school children gathered at the St. Mary's Cathedral for a special mass today.

The American Red Cross has promised an initial $200,000 of aid to Haiti and said on its website it will "take further action as local responders assess the situation." The Red Cross also said that it is sending relief supplies from a warehouse in Panama that should meet basic needs for 5,000 families.

CARE, which is based in Atlanta, Ga., already has 133 staff members on the ground and more on the way to distribute food, water, and hygiene kits to Haitians. They plan to start handing out a stock of high-protein biscuits that were already stored in CARE warehouses in the country.

Samaritan's Purse, a Christian aid organization, scheduled a cargo plane to fly from Florida today loaded with medicine, emergency shelter supplies, blankets, water filters, and a crew of doctors and relief workers. Another flight is scheduled for Thursday.

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