Written by Joe Rizza Friday, 22 January 2010 00:00
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced that the county plans on sending aid to Haiti, which was devastated by an earthquake. Mangano set up a phone number for people to call to ways in which to help the people of Haiti, many of which have ties to residents of Nassau County.
“Nassau County is prepared to assist the Haitians who are suffering from the earthquake,” said Mangano.
According to the county executive, in working with the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management and several community groups, the county is prepared to send 10,000 ready-to-eat meals and 20,000 bottles of water over to Haiti. The county will also be collecting items such as summer clothing, shoes and non-perishables such as rice, canned goods, beans, cooking oil, diapers, toothpaste, toothbrushes and toiletries.
For those wishing to help in the effort, a telephone line has been set up. Call 888-684-4278. The drop-off points include 1 West Street in Mineola. Monetary donations can be made to the American Red Cross or UNICEF.
“In a short period of time, we’re able to come together and offer some effective relief,” said Mangano.
Nassau County Legislator Robert Troiano, who represents the 2nd Legislative District, which includes the Westbury/New Cassel community with large Haitian populations, is coordinating with the North Hempstead Town to establish locations in the town parks as well as at the Salvation Army located at 992 Prospect Avenue, Westbury.
“The people of Haiti are going through unimaginable hardships right now. It is up to all of us to embrace them with compassion,” said Troiano. “We pray for the victims and their families. I urge you all to make either a monetary donation or donations of non-perishable items to help the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. It’s the least we can do.”
According to Rev. Allan Ramirez of Hispanics Across America, “There are people right now who are hungry, who are thirsty. There are people who have nothing but the clothes on their backs. There are people whose lives have been devastated by this earthquake. Those whose lives have been devastated, we will help them rebuild.”
Bishop Fernando Rodriguez, president of the Latin/African Chaplains Association, is planning on going to Haiti to assist with providing medical supplies. If any doctor, nurse or medical personnel wants to donate time to help, they can contact him at (718) 842-8555.
To donate to Haitian relief:
• American Red Cross: Text the word “Haiti” to 90999 to make a $10 dollar donation to the Red Cross; text the word “Yele” to 501501 to donate $5. Donations will be charged to your cell phone bill. You can also donate online at http://www.redcross.org/
• Haitian-American Family Association of Long Island: 792-1104
• Hope for Haiti: hopeforhaiti.com
• UNICEF: unicef.com
• International Medical Corps: imcworldwide.com
• Beyond Borders: beyondborders.net
• Americares: americares.org
• To trace family members in Haiti: www.icrc.org/familylinks
Drop off points for relief:
• One West Street, Mineola
• Eglise Pentecotiste de la Croisade Evangelique des Pecheurs D’Hommes Church, Roosevelt
• Tabernacle of Joy, Uniondale
• Giggles Comedy Club, Hempstead
• Claudy’s Beauty Supply, Uniondale
• One Offering Tabernacle Church, Hempstead
• Town of North Hempstead Parks