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January 19, 2010

THANK YOU from Larry King Live

Posted: 02:07 PM ET

Last night, thanks to your generosity, we raised almost $9 million to help the people of Haiti.

The LKL team is a little blurry eyed today, but we all feel pretty good about what we were able to do.  We, like you, see the pictures, we talk to the people on the ground, and we wanted to do something to help.  But our efforts would have meant nothing without your generous support.

If you weren't able to give last night, it's still not to late.  Go to CNN.com/Impact for all the different, worthy organizations who are trying to help the people Haiti.

It's also not too late to bid on the "Michael Jackson Opus" Paula Abdul presented last night.  CLICK HERE to open your wallet - or if you end up with the book emptying it.

And don't forget to watch Friday night's "Hope For Haiti" telethon with CNN's Anderson Cooper, and another amazing lineup of celebrities and performers.

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luckybee   January 19th, 2010 2:24 pm ET

Make lesser Children and the Haïtians will be a happy people.


Remy   January 19th, 2010 2:42 pm ET

I would like to thank you CNN for what you are doing for Haiti.
I ask all of your viewers to go to cnn.com/hero and put in your votes for the 2010 hero of the year award.
My vote goes to Anderson but I will also go back to the site and also vote for Dr Sanjay Gupta.
For some reason on the site there is a mandatory space to either put in the hero's email address or phone number and by putting in CNN's email address it will reject it so please file in CNN's phone number at 212 509 0252.
Thank you again CNN and a special heart felt thank you goes to Anderson and Dr Sanjay for their stellar work.


Maria Copelli   January 19th, 2010 2:44 pm ET

Lucky Bee ,i dont quite understand your comment,but I am happy to see the outpouring of concern ,and help for Haiti.It shows how mush can be accomplished when we can .come together and work as one.It is the way it should be .Larry King thanks so much for this ,blog .And for all the blogs you have given to us.Maria Copelli


Maria Copelli   January 19th, 2010 2:46 pm ET

Sorry I meant to say 'how Much' can be accomplished ,NOT MUSH!Maria C


lola   January 19th, 2010 3:01 pm ET

Even in death, Michael Jackson finds a way to be philanthropic and help children in need.


Anne   January 19th, 2010 3:04 pm ET

Honor Michael Jackson's lifelong devotion to helping children in need and donate to Unicef.
http://inside.unicefusa.org/site/TR?team_id=14920&fr_id=1050&pg=team


Dodie   January 19th, 2010 3:09 pm ET

Thank You Larry King, CNN staff and all who worked to establish this event!

$9 million in donations at a time when Americans are struggling is very impressive! Americans are always noted for their willingness to ‘dig-deeper-into-their-pockets’ regardless of their financial difficulties.

To everyone who donated regardless if time or money, Thank You!!!


Anne   January 19th, 2010 3:10 pm ET

The goal for Unicef's Team Michael is $20,000 and it is only at $369 so far.


MourningMJ   January 19th, 2010 3:21 pm ET

What an outstanding result of the outpour of generosity for our beloved in Haiti. Anne- Wow, that is a suprisingly low number for Team Michael- However, if this is a global donation relief, I am hoping that it will continue to grow by the hour. I'm impressed by the multiple organizations and humanitarians that not only donated financially but their time as well. God Bless us all.

Heal the World
God Bless Haiti


Joe G. (Illinois)   January 19th, 2010 4:02 pm ET

The tribulations of life always bring us closer to God.. Or far from him supporting the notion that no matter what God can never lose. And for that we should always be very thankful and appreciative just for being alive and being allowed to partake in the gift of life. But when a magnitude of outside interference is leashed upon subjects of no better saying of their own.. Then the ultimate core intention I hope better not be defiance of the inevitable.


Susan62509   January 19th, 2010 4:06 pm ET

THANK YOU...CNN and Larry King for hosting 2 hours in support of the Haitian people. $9 million dollars within that time period is record breaking and provides an international stage for contributions.

CNN is the program locked on my television since the day of the earthquake. Watching Dr. Gupta caring for the patients after the medical staff was called away and then Mr. Handsome Cooper carrying the young boy to safety brought tears to my eyes. Dr. Gupta and Mr. Cooper are HERO's during this devastating time in Haiti.

Thank you Larry King for hosting a successful program for contributions. Job extremely well done and deserved for Haiti.


Anne   January 19th, 2010 4:22 pm ET

What a great idea Paul Abdul had to auction Michael Jackson's Opus. He would be very pleased that his Opus will raise money to help the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.


Dodie   January 19th, 2010 4:41 pm ET

@ luckybee

I understand your comment. However, I would apply that to the "entire world" not just Haiti! Over-population will be our demise!


Andrea   January 19th, 2010 5:09 pm ET

Larry, Great Job, God Bless You !!

But why aren't we sending Outfit to Go's over there? Seems like a no brainer to me and would help so much.

Keep up the great work and God Bless all of our volunteers and military.


Julie C.   January 19th, 2010 5:55 pm ET

I would like to thank everyone involved in the relief effort. I could have never imagined such a disaster, but the outpouring support has been even more amazing. The coverage of Haiti and its people has been outstanding. I thank CNN, LARRY KING, AND ALL THE CELEBS, AND CHARITIES, VOLUNTEERS for their time and dedication to my people. Believe me it is deeply appreciated . When we love one another and show it God is pleased and he will rebuild this country. Thank you, thank you, thank you. May the protection and guidance of the Lord be with all those in Haiti right now.


Jacqueline Anetekhai   January 19th, 2010 6:10 pm ET

I have an idea for CNN to do a show on how many countries are willing to give temporarly housing to hatian immagrants. So Haiti can be rebuilt, because there is no way that the work that needs to be done, can be done with all those people living on the streets, being that I'm from Haiti myself I know the conditions of the country. It will take many nations and a lot of help from around the world, to help rebuild the country. United States cannot do it alone. Sending help to Haiti is not enough. We need to get all the people out of the country before diseases start spreading. This is my show idea,and i think it would interest alot of people around the world. I love all the anchors on CNN, but I would like to see AC360 do a special on others countries willing to help.
Thank You,
Jackie Anetekhai


Tamra Blanchard   January 19th, 2010 6:11 pm ET

In regards to the relief efforts in Haiti; Bullhorns, loud speakers and dropped flyers, introducing calm and united energy with specific steps for direction should perhaps be considered. Perhaps the message that the world is in fact on the ground, at the airport, available with food, water and supplies would provide not only some humanitarian relief in the way of emotional comfort, but would also allow Haitians some perspective and give them an opportunity, to involve them in clearing the way for supplies to reach destinations quicker. It appears to me that the Haitians are without knowledge of what is taking place, have no direction and are the ones who can proactively assist from the “inside” if only they were better informed. Shedding light on the efforts being made could assist in organizing and would reduce panic, as well. Asking for both their participation and support to speed the effort may benefit the outreach while reassuring those who at present, are overwhelmed by the chaos, grief and fear. Haitians know only the loss and devastation and cannot comprehend where the edge of this disaster stops and a semblance of function begins. Let’s help them help us help them. Part of our effort should be to inform these wonderful people, to keep order by reassurance and inclusion. We have to find alternative ways to create momentum in delivering aid for the physical, mental and emotional needs of the Haitian people. Communication is an element to the solution. My thoughts are with all of them and my heart breaks for their suffering. –Tamra Blanchard, Lebanon MO


A. Smith, Oregon   January 19th, 2010 6:36 pm ET

THANK YOU CNN and Larry King for hosting 2 hours in support of the Haitian people and reaching nearly $9 million dollars in donations.


jackie   January 19th, 2010 7:13 pm ET

I think they should go back and try to save that 10 year-old girl trapped in her home, profiled earlier by Anderson Cooper.

I think she may have just fallen asleep and that is why they no longer heard "tapping".
Afterall – it would be impossible for someone to stay awake for 5-6 straight days.
Of course they need to sleep!!!!!

Hasn't anyone thought of that????

Please try to save that little girl!! Someone! They are still pulling people out of the fallen buildings.....maybe those three people at the cathedral were taking turns resting/sleeping and tapping.

Maybe that little girl is ALL ALONE with no one to keep tapping while she sleeps!!

Please go back and save her!!

You HEARD her tapping.
The dogs DID get a scent/hit.

Please don't give up!!! There are still lives to be saved!

Thank you and God Bless


sunnie   January 19th, 2010 7:14 pm ET

I'm fascinated that people can still text seven days after being buried in the earthquake rubble!!

I'd like to know what cell service they have and what kind of batteries!!

My phone won't keep a charge more than a few hours, maybe a full day, let alone an entire week!!

wow!! Please find out who makes THOSE cell phone batteries! Thx!


jen byrd   January 19th, 2010 7:18 pm ET

they have to STOP hammering on the fact that there are not enough doctors and medical supplies to help everyone.

There wasn't BEFORE the earthquake...so there will not be now.

Only one in 10,000 haitians had access to healthcare before the quake.

What makes these people (dr. gupta) think a devastating earthquake is suddenly going to make healthcare available to them?

It isn't even available in the United States and YES...people in the US are dying for lack of doctors and access to health care.

The people are doing the BEST they can - stop hammering on this!!!!

It's making me sick....literally!!

Do these people even have a clue how most Haitians were living before the quake???

I think the doctors and rescuers are doing the best they can.

Stop hammering on this - this is a HUGE improvement over what they had to begin with....which was NOTHING!!

Thank you!!


lindafromnewyork   January 19th, 2010 7:38 pm ET

Many people have asked why is Haiti so poor?

Read this article and you will understand WHY

.http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-01-14/why-haitis-earthquake-is-frances-problem/


ckelly   January 19th, 2010 10:40 pm ET

A great job LKL-on such short notice-CNN has made a great contribution towards supporting the people of Haiti!!! Thank you!


Larry Fan   January 20th, 2010 8:48 am ET

Larry, you have done such fine and singular work to raise money for Haiti, and I do not like to see you give that noble integrity away.
I was saddened to see that you treated the authors
Halperin and Heilemann. as having a book worth promoting.
I know that you have been immersed in Haiti’s misfortune,
which is so commendable,
but their book is just a dressed-up game of telephone and
only ends up exposing the authors' lust for mean-spirited gossip
and hearsay while hawking their product.
When you get a chance to finish it Larry, you will see that
the authors are full of malice and can't wait to unleash it,
as they use the very dubious practice of hiding behind anonymous sources.
These two men stoop to tabloid standards, all in the name of promoting themselves and their book, to keep trying to churn out more
money to pay for their tax-deductible meals to promote
more salacious gossip.
Do they need to go for Harry Reid’s jugular because he used a dated adjective, still in modern day parlance, one time?
Do they really need to sensationalize Elizabeth Edward’s understandable meltdown, all from an unattributed source?
Larry, don’t give your hard-earned integrity away.
When you get some rest, after all the work you have done for Haiti,
and get to finish the book, you will see how flimsy
this book is.
Perhaps someone should write more about some of the subjects
in this book, such as McCain’s incredible political death wish coming to fore when he impulsively chose a woman he knew next to nothing about as a running mate, but that book would be better written with higher journalistic criteria that does not rely on a foundation of undocumented hearsay to stir up controversy on a book tour.
Thank You Larry for your incredible work to help the
people of Haiti. In the face of such tragedy, your show was a true inspiration.


Emily, a Larry Fan   January 20th, 2010 9:12 am ET

Thank you Larry for your amazing, awe-inspiring work to raise
money and awareness to help Haiti try and recover
from such devastation. I wrote an earlier comment, which did not
make it to be posted, which is fine, it was a bit off topic, but I hope that the comment was forwarded to you.
Thank you again.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   January 20th, 2010 11:33 am ET

Many thanks to Larry King and team, and all those who have made this possible to achieve. Well done to you all and blessings.

Great to see Michael Jackson playing a part in here too.


James   January 20th, 2010 5:14 pm ET

Larry; please do a follow-up story to show to the american people that the money that's being collected by Redcross, Unicef, and alike will benefit the Haitian people long after the camera lenses are gone. We gave generously (in hard times) because you've asked us to; now make sure that our money is spent appropriately. God bless Haiti.


R Underwood   January 25th, 2010 11:41 pm ET

How about auctioning off a pair of your suspenders for the gentleman of LOS TOPOS they have been working day and night in Hotel Montana
It would be great
Thanks


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