We've been following news reports of the devastating Haiti earthquake and the staggering death toll and damage.
Jswmomma's parents are Haitian, and she still has family there, including two uncles and her grandma. I've asked her to share her family's reaction to the quake and how they have been coping with the tragedy.
CM: What is your connection to Haiti? Do you have family members and friends are living there?
My parents are Haitians. I have two uncles and a grandma that I am close with who live within the Port-au-Prince area, right in the district where the earthquake took place. We also have family friends and distant relatives living elsewhere in Haiti.
Have you been in contact with your family there?
My dad called everyone over there but has heard nothing. It's a waiting game.
How are you coping?
My dad is a mess. His eyes are red from crying. It's hard to see because he such a strong man that rarely cries. My mom is in disbelief. My daughter had some anxiety, and I discussed her feelings with her...My brothers feel helpless. We just want to know that our family members are safe and have a plan for shelter over there. As soon as this is over, my dad is insisting that my grandma come back over here to live in the states.
How are you planning to help?
There's a vigil near my house...I'm spreading awareness and information and have been donating whatever I can.
If other moms want to help, do you have any thoughts on what might be needed most?
I know with this economy times are hard. But one can small action can do so much...Haiti needs so many resources...The human heart can do so many things, it's time to open our hearts very wide for these people...I don't want this to be some kind of phase then later on everyone forgets.
Any else you'd like to share?
I want to thank everyone for their well wishes and concern. Thank you for donating and helping in any way possible...even spreading awareness. Cafemom has help me to spread the word to a large population of women. I know as women, together, we can do so much because we are very resilient and strong.
Jswmomma, thank you for sharing this with us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this tragedy.