Ways to help Haiti earthquake victims
Published: Friday, January 29, 2010 at 2:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 29, 2010 at 2:02 p.m.
Here are some ways Gainesville-area residents can aid earthquake victims in Haiti:
Picnic to benefit Jacmel, Haiti
A picnic benefit dinner will be held Friday, Jan. 29, from 6 p.m. until midnight to support the Cine Institute (www.cineinstitute.com) and other Jacmel, Haiti-based organizations and the Trail of Dreams (www.trail2010.org).
A $15 donation is suggested, and people are encouraged to donate tools, medical supplies, baby supplies, water purifiers, candles and matches that will be sent to Jacmel, Haiti, in the next two weeks. The event will be at The Hen House, 109 S.E. 4th Place.
American Red Cross
Text: "HAITI" to "90999" for a $10 donation
1724 NE 2nd St.
Gainesville, FL 32609
Atlantic Southeast Airlines
Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) has teamed up with Gainesville Regional Airport to collect "gently worn shoes" for Haiti earthquake survivors.
A collection box for shoes and a recommended $1 donation will be located at the front exterior of the airline terminal (eliminating the need to park) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Feb. 5.
After 5 p.m., donations must be delivered inside the terminal to the ASA (Delta Air Lines) ticket counter.
Gainesville Fire Rescue also is collecting shoes with collection boxes at city fire stations and the organization's administrative office.
Shoes should have clearly marked sizes on the soles and be bound together. ASA will send the collected shoes to Atlanta for further distribution through the Souls4Souls organization.
A "thank you" breakfast will be held on Feb. 5 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the airline terminal, 3880 N.E. 39th Ave., near the ASA ticket counter.
A parking voucher will be provided for guests.
Shoe donations can also be made at the breakfast.
Club Creole at UF
Yele Haiti, founded in 2005 by musician Wyclef Jean to bring hope to those in Haiti, is collecting donations for earthquake relief. Club Creole is collecting donations to be distributed by Yele Haiti.
Text: "YELE" to "501501" for a $5 donation
Project Haiti, UF medical students
Donations will buy medicines, bottled water, canned food and other supplies. Project Haiti volunteers will be on the ground in Port-au-Prince March 6.
Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders)
Already have medical personnel treating the injured in Port-au-Prince.
Local churches collecting donations
* Trinity United Methodist Church
* Grace United Methodist Church
* First Assembly of God
* United Church of Gainesville, 1624 N.W. Fifth Ave., Gainesville, FL 32603
* Sister Hazel D. Williams collects items for disaster relief along with Trinity United Methodist Church. Call or e-mail her because the drop-off location varies. 378-9496. email@example.com
Cross International was founded more than 10 years ago and has delivered more than $1 billion in aid to 25 countries, including Haiti.
What’s needed: The most urgent need is cash grants. Partners in Haiti can use it to buy food, water and emergency supplies and procure shelter. With the roads blocked, this is the quickest way to get aid to those who need it most.
How to donate: Online at www.crossinternational.org/relief, by mail at: Cross International, 600 S.W. Third St. Suite 2201, Pompano Beach, FL 33060 or by phone at 800-391-8545.