Saturday, January 16, 2010

New Orleans Church Reaches Out

St. Paul's Episcopal church grasped the red thread of destiny on Friday when the church agreed to partner with TRTP to raise funds for relief in the devastated country of Haiti. Over 1,000 parishioners and the media were invited to join in a prayer vigil to praise God and petition for comfort and healing for our brothers and sisters abroad.

With the church's campaign, Haiti: New Orleans Stands By You, St. Paul's encourages parishioners to get involved and do whatever they can for the Haitian people. Their appeal includes supporting the efforts of The Red Thread Promise. TRTP was brought to the attention of St. Paul's by TRTP Co-founder and President, Kathy Korge Albergate, who also serves as the church's Director of Global Missions.

WWL-TV in Louisiana has recognized both St. Paul's and The Red Thread Promise on their website promoting local groups that are actively involved in relief efforts.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune has some good advice for finding a reputable charity through which to donate. In response to their criteria, The Red Thread Promise fits the bill:

Yes, we have an onground presence in Haiti. We are operating an ESL program at Mountain Top Ministries. We volunteer at and provide medical care to special needs orphans at Rivers of Hope orphanage. We have our airplane tickets (that were purchased prior to the earthquake) and are scheduled to go to Haiti January 30 - February 3, 2010 assuming we are not blocked by either the US or the Haitian government.

TRTP has been in existence since 2001. We are currently incorporated in the state of Pennsylvania and Louisiana and are a certified 501(c)(3) organization.

We always ask that people write checks to The Red Thread Promise and we promptly provide a tax receipt. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

At the heart of the organization is a dedicated group of volunteers and donors who value the lives of children, regardless of nationality or religion.

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