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Saturday, September 11, 2010

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Today Is Christmas Day

Date: December 25 (Traditional)

Purpose: Celebrates the Nativity of Jesus

Symbol: Use of the modernChristmas tree tradition began inGermany around the
18th century

Named for: Name originated as a contraction of the Old English words Cristes
Maesse (the Mass of Christ)

Related holiday: The day preceding Christmas is usually known as Christmas Eve


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Who will disburse resources from the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund?

Funds are currently being held by the two existing foundations, the William J. Clinton Foundation and the Communities Foundation of Texas. Contributed funds will be transferred to the newly formed Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund’s staff, management, board, and advisors, will work to ensure that resources are disbursed to high impact areas of unmet needs in the Haiti recovery and rebuilding efforts.

How long will the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund exist?

The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund will exist until all of its resources have been distributed to organizations working in the affected region.

What is the purpose of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund?

The purpose of the Fund is to direct donations from individuals, corporations, and organizations to support reliable charities working to help the survivors of the earthquake in Haiti recover and rebuild.

Why was the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund created?

Recognizing the tremendous need for recovery and rebuilding in Haiti after the January earthquake, as well as the national and global desire to contribute to the affected region, President Barack Obama asked former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to lead a major fundraising effort.


Support Haiti Relief and Recovery Efforts

he survivors of the devastating earthquake in Haiti need our immediate help.

What we do right now determines how many lives we can save. Together, we can help communities get back on their feet.

Fill out the form to donate to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.

You should receive a confirmation email within 48 hours.

If you prefer to donate using PayPal, click here:


Survivor Information: U.S. Department of State Resources

  • To ask for or provide information about U.S. citizens in Haiti: email the task force at
    or, From the U.S. or Canada, call 888-407-4747. Outside the U.S. and Canada, call 202-501-4444.
  • For U.S. citizens in Haiti seeking assistance or reporting their status/whereabouts: call the Embassy’s Consular Task Force at 509-2229-8942, 509-2229-8089, 509-2229-8322, or 509-2229-8672. You can also email the Embassy at
  • For all nationalities and locations: use the Person Finder tool available at to find and share information about missing persons in Haiti.
  • U.S. citizens with pending adoption cases in Haiti: Contact the Department of State at for information about their adoption case.
  • For answers to frequently asked questions: For answers to frequently asked questions about the Consular response please visit the State Department website.

Other Ways to Help

USAID, which is leading the U.S. response to the Haiti disaster, is asking that all those offering assistance other than donation (volunteers, goods, services) to submit their offers to the Center for International Disaster Information at
Most agencies responding to disasters can make most use of cash donations. For a list of agencies responding to the earthquake in Haiti and to learn more about how you can help their efforts, please visit:
  • UN Flash Appeal (via Relief Web): downloadable lists of needs on the ground and of NGOs and projects that need support, vetted by UN
  • Interaction : Information about NGOs delivering earthquake relief support in Haiti
  • UN Business Appeal : Information and resources on how businesses can provide assistance to Haiti
  • World Health Organization : Information for people who want to donate medical supplies and equipment

Information About the Earthquake and Relief Efforts

About the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund

In the aftermath of the earthquake, President Barack Obama asked President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush to raise funds for immediate, high-impact relief and long-term recovery efforts to help those who are most in need of assistance. In response, the two Presidents established the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund (CBHF) to respond to unmet needs in the country, foster economic opportunity, improve the quality of life over the long term for those affected, and assist the people of Haiti as they rebuild their lives and "build back better."
The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund is doing this by working with and supporting the efforts of reputable 501(c)(3) nongovernmental and nonprofit organizations. Presidents Clinton and Bush oversee the CBHF through their respective nonprofit organizations, the William J. Clinton Foundation and Communities Foundation of Texas. For more information, visit
You can contribute in any of three ways:
  • visit our secure online donation page
  • Text the word "QUAKE" to 20222 to donate $10 to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, charged to your cell phone bill.
  • The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund
    c/o William J. Clinton Foundation
    Donations Department
    610 President Clinton Avenue
    Little Rock, AR 72201
    The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund
    c/o Communities Foundation of Texas
    5500 Caruth Haven Lane
    Dallas, TX 75225

Support the Earthquake Recovery Efforts in Haiti

On March 22, we visited Haiti to assess relief and recovery efforts, and work with organizations and people on the ground, who continue to face devastation in the wake of the January earthquake.
In the midst of profound challenges, we saw the astounding resilience, courage, and hope of the Haitian people. We saw their fierce resolution to rebuild their communities, their neighborhoods, their cities –– and their nation.
We’re more determined than ever to help the people of Haiti not just rebuild, but to "build back better." The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund will be there to work with partners to assist Haiti’s long-term recovery every step of the way.
Already, we’ve received more than 200,000 contributions, which are supporting critical efforts such as getting essential medical equipment to critically injured patients at a 240-bed tent hospital; supplying a Port-au-Prince clinic that’s been transformed into a camp, serving 5,000 patients with medical care, food, and water; providing emergency shelter kits to help protect families against the elements; and delivering relief supplies including water purification tablets, hygiene kits, mosquito nets, and temporary latrines.
These efforts are only the beginning. The needs will continue to be urgent as the rainy season sets in, bringing new threats for those still homeless.
And even as the immediate relief phase continues, we are looking ahead to long-term reconstruction. We are insisting on sound rebuilding and economic growth plans that will lead to a better life for the Haitian people.
With the love and hope of neighbors and especially through their own hard work and resilience, the Haitian people can have hope for the future. A better future means an improved infrastructure, better schools, cleaner energy, and improved access to health care. A better future especially means creating jobs and economic opportunity for the people of Haiti, so they can emerge from this devastation a stronger, more secure nation that can stand on its own two feet.
Help us chart Haiti’s long-term recovery by contributing what you can. Even if you have already given, we ask you to consider another donation.
As they say in Haiti: "Many Hands Lighten the Load." Every donation will make an enormous difference.
President William J. Clinton
President George W. Bush

Support the Earthquake Recovery Efforts in Haiti

Thanks to your compassion and generosity,
we have received more than 200,000 contributions for relief and recovery efforts.
Together, we are making a difference for the people of Haiti.