Food for the Poor Seeks Donations to Help Earthquake-Affected Haitians Amid Relief Efforts – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports
COCONUT CREEK, FL. (WSVN) – A local fundraising campaign brings together relief supplies to be sent to Haiti, as the island nation’s residents struggle with most basic necessities in the wake of a devastating earthquake.
7News cameras captured an animated scene in the Food for the Poor warehouse in Coconut Creek on Saturday.
The association is gathering food and supplies to send to Haiti, a week after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake rocked the region, killing nearly 2,000 and injuring around 10,000.
Two days later, they were hit by Tropical Storm Grace, making matters worse.
The rescue mission in Haiti took place over the weekend, as US military assets continue to be deployed to the island to assist with evacuation and relief efforts.
“The team worked as fast as they could, uninterrupted, 24 hours a day,” said U.S. Southern Command Admiral Craig Faller. “Several helicopters from the US Coast Guard, the US Army, the Puerto Rican [National] The guard is working hard to provide this assistance. We have naval vessels offshore providing support. We have Air Force transport planes going back and forth for supplies.
Hundreds of Haitians have been rescued, and hundreds more have been helped by the men and women of the armed forces.
“I know, if you’re on the ground in a remote village, help doesn’t come fast enough, but help is on the way, and a lot of people are working hard to make sure we save lives,” Faller said.
Some 10,000 pounds of supplies have already been brought to the island by the US government, and some of those supplies come from South Florida.
“We are begging the community to come here and support Haiti,” said Jisabelle Garcia-Pedroso, Food for the Poor program manager.
The nonprofit keeps the doors of its warehouse open to collect much-needed supplies and help.
“Canned foods, perishables, feminine hygiene products and baby items,” Garcia-Pedroso said.
“This is going to be a long-term effect, so even though we’ve already sent a lot of food, we need it for the next three to six months,” said Mark Khouri, COO of Food for the Poor.
To donate to Food for the Poor’s Haiti relief efforts, click here.
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