Cape Fear's Red Cross reaches out to those in Haiti


MIAMI (AP/WECT) - There are about 800,000 residents of Haitian descent across the United States, and many of them have spent last night and today trying desperately to reach loved ones in Haiti to see if they survived.

One man says he's dialed the numbers hundreds of times, praying that his father or a brother or sister will pick up the phone.

A woman in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood left a plea on a cousin's Facebook page that he contact her, however he can.

Dazed and injured survivors are wandering the streets in Port-Au-Prince, many stunned by what happened.

Hospitals, schools, and thousands of homes were destroyed by the quake Tuesday.

A Wilmington physician is paying close attention to the news in Haiti. Dr. Ken White, a plastic surgeon, has visited the region in the last 18 years to help residents with surgeries and other medical issues.

He has a friend there who says the damage is catastrophic.

"I can't imagine what it must be like to be that helpless," said Dr. White.  "I mean we have poverty here but we don't understand being that remote from help, and that's what it's going to be like there."

The Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross is accepting financial donations for the Haiti earthquake at its office on 16th Street.

The international Red Cross said a third of Haiti's 9 million people may need emergency aid.

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