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AARP Foundation Establishes Relief Fund for Older Victims of Haiti Disaster
Date:1/14/2010

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The AARP Foundation today announced it has established the AARP Foundation Haiti Relief Fund (www.aarp.org/foundation) to aid relief efforts aimed at older earthquake victims in Haiti. One hundred percent of contributions will go directly to help those most in need and AARP CEO Barry Rand announced today that the organization will match donations up to $500,000.

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"The magnitude of the crisis in Haiti is astounding and we know AARP members want to help," Rand said. "The AARP Foundation Haiti Relief Fund gives AARP members and others who are concerned a way to contribute quickly and safely. Funds will go directly to help those most in need."

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and approximately 800,000 Haitians are over the age of 60. Most of these older people live in extreme poverty, have mobility challenges and cannot reach emergency aid stations. Many also are the primary caretakers of their grandchildren. Immediate needs for older Haitians and their families include shelter, food, water and medical attention—including measures to prevent the spread of infection due to the hot temperatu
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