I was touched by the following email, which made me realize that supporting Haitian businesses in the U.S. allows those business owners to send money to their families back home. This is a nice way to show support for our Haitian neighbors and give them additional resources to help the aid effort in a very personal way.
From: Nicholas Arons
Date: January 14, 2010 5:33:04 PM EST
Subject: [PWF] dear new york friends
Just wanted to give a shout out to my favorite Haitian restaurant: Kombit Kreyol, in Brooklyn. http://kombitrestaurant.com/
The food and drinks are incredible there, but obviously that's not what I'm suggesting it: the three sisters who own the restaurant lost many loved ones in Haiti. I just spoke to Marie who said they are keeping business open these days to, inter alia, raise money to send home. I am sure many of you have already donated in some form, but if you do find yourself deciding where to dine out these next few days, you could perhaps consider this jewel of New York...
Nicholas G. Arons