EDITOR’S NOTE: Justin Perkins is a particularly cool Care2 colleague who sent us this message. We both thought you would want to read it.
I got a very sad, but inspiring email this morning from Luke Montgomery – the founder of Adopt-a-pet.com, a friend and partner of Care2, and WeCanBuildAnOrphanage.com . Luke is obviously not as happy as he looks in this picture right now during a more inspiring moment at his orphanage – he is scrambling to go into probably one of the scariest and stressful situations he has ever faced in his life. I spoke with him on the phone a couple of times today while helping coordinate his air travel, and I could hear the stress in his voice. If you feel compelled to help a brave couple of guys step up to the plate to make a huge difference with AIDS orphans in Haiti – who probably don’t have anyone else looking after them amidst the chaos right now – please consider helping Luke make a difference on our behalf. Here’s the situation straight from him:
Still no word from our orphanage. Our town of Jakmel (also spelled Jacmel if you want to Google it) has been largely destroyed and our AIDS orphanage is constructed out of cement… not good. Most of these types of buildings in our town have crumbled. Best case: Our kids are safe but all the care staff will be dealing with their own families, destroyed and dead family members and all water and food will now be even more scarce. Worst case: The orphanage collapsed like all other concrete buildings in town and the locals might hesitate to dig out HIV infected bloody kids. I haven’t been able to sleep. Crying.
Pics of the destruction in Jacmel here
I’m going back to Haiti in the next few days and need help to give hands-on help to our kids and the townspeople.
You can help. Give money or pass this donation link around: http://tinyurl.com/ykt74rg
About Luke Montgomery
Biography: Luke Montgomery is the co-founder of WeCanBuildanOrphanage.com, an interactive charity building a home, clinic and school for AIDS orphans in Haiti. Passionate about helping children and obsessed with leveraging the power of “good ideas for good causes,” Luke has worked as a marketing and Internet fundraising consultant for non-profits. His work as a media strategist has captured front page coverage in The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today and Los Angeles Times among others. His projects have been the on-air talk of John Stewart, David Letterman, Howard Stern, Rush Limbaugh, Donahue and Pamela Anderson. Luke’s TV producer credits include a documentary aired in-part on CNN, a 30-minute comedy series pilot and a pet adoption TV special starring Drew Barrymore and Kelsey Grammer. Other celebrities recruited to his work include Larry King, Alicia Silverstone and Jack Lemmon. His consulting has focused on animal welfare with work including the Humane Society of the United States and the SPCA of Canada. Luke was founder of Adopt-a-Pet.com, a national non-profit pet adoption website that saves tens of thousands of homeless pets every month. Luke divides his time between Haiti, Montréal and San Francisco.
Justin Perkins/Luke Montgomery
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