Minutes before the earthquake hit on Jan. 12, the twin sisters Marc-Lysa and Markisha Racine, 6, were having a hard time focusing on their homework. Crawling on her hands and knees, Markisha repeatedly nudged her head into her mother's side, pleading, "Just let me sit underneath you."
Marc-Lysa became very quiet. Deciding to break for dinner, Judith Racine, the twins' mother, went into the kitchen of their large apartment on the top floor of a three-story building in the Pacot neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She had prepared one of her favorite meals, rice and green-pea soup. As Mrs. Racine was about to place the plates onto the table, everything started to shake. Click here to read how Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens and The New York Times Neediest Cases fund made a difference in the lives Judith Racine and her twins.