As Valentine's Day approaches, CBN's Operation Blessing International is asking Americans to set aside the traditional chocolate and flowers to show their love and support for the devastated island nation of Haiti.
Instead of the usual holiday treats, the charity aid organization is encouraging donations be given through their "Show Your Heart 4 Haiti" campaign Web site.
The site features a video with photographs from Haiti, set to an original single "Hope in Love," performed and written by Operation Blessing's Sarah Pate. Last year, Pate traveled to Haiti to take part in Operation Blessing's clean water project for Belladere Hospital.
"Being on the ground in Haiti and seeing first-hand the poverty and extreme conditions was unlike anything I had ever seen," Pate told CBN News. "Dozens of children quickly ran out to greet us - their clothes were torn, and their faces, arms and legs covered with mud and dirt.Yet despite their circumstances, they were still laughing, smiling and playful."
Having traveled to numerous third world countries, Pate said it was the trip to Haiti that moved her the most.
"In the wake of this incredible tragedy and seeing the images of the Haiti people, I was reminded once again of their resilience and determination," she said. "Hardship after hardship, I am amazed at how the people of Haiti remain hopeful and their hearts still open to receive and freely give love. This song was inspired by their strength of spirit and also by the transforming power of love to heal."
The song can be downloaded in its full-length version for a contribution of $5 toward relief efforts. One-hundred percent of the donations will be used to provide earthquake victims with much needed medical care, food, and water. The campaign's Web site also allows people to post messages of hope and encouragement.
Since the Jan. 12 quake, Operation Blessing has continued to provide tangible and spiritual care to survivors. The organization is using social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace to spread awareness of the country's needs as it begins the slow road to recovery.
For more information on how you can help visit the campaign's Web site.