Nova Scotia is donating $100,000 to aid Red Cross relief efforts in earthquake-devastated Haiti.

Premier Darrell Dexter said Thursday sending money to the reeling Caribbean nation is “simply a humanitarian response to an extraordinary disaster.” He said Nova Scotia could later announce more money or personnel going to Haiti.

“In these times, we all want to do what we can,” he said. “We felt very quickly that we were prepared to contribute $100,000 towards this effort. I think it’s what the people of Nova Scotia would want us to do on their behalf.”

Also yesterday, the IWK Health Centre announced it would be sending medical supplies to the victims. A hospital release said Thursday afternoon that $10,000 in supplies from the children’s hospital were shipped to Air Canada Cargo for a flight to Haiti, expected to arrive in the country sometime Saturday.

Supplies include masks, bandages, casting material and syringes.

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