Mercy Corps and Haiti get the "Colbert Bump"

Haiti, January 15, 2010

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During the first days of an emergency response, you are often so engrossed by the actual work you are doing to get people out to the field that you don't have time to keep up with what the major news networks are saying about the situation. You're reading reports directly from USAID, but not watching CNN.

At the end of the day, you turn off your brain and search for a bit of comedy. So you can imagine how surprised we were to see two worlds collide last night when Stephen Colbert, comedic satirist, met the devastating earthquake in Haiti we are all so involved with. He urged viewers to visit his website — — and donate to the featured charities listed there. Lo and behold, there was Mercy Corps proudly listed in the midst of Colbert Nation's online home.

It just shows that charity and compassion can even be found in the most unlikely of places.