Activated by Mayor Bob Foster’s request to help the victims of the 7.0 devastating earthquake in Haiti, the Naples Improvement Association collected $450 money during their annual banquet for relief efforts on January 14. Mayor Bob Foster called on the Long Beach community to help by sending monetary donations to the nonprofit Long Beach Cares. Donations will be collected and then sent to the American Red Cross for Haitian relief efforts.
“We saw the need and were inspired by Long Beach Cares raising money for Haiti and wanted to contribute,” said Jonathan Schnack, president of Naples Improvement Association. “When Hurricane Katrina ravaged Long Beach, MI a few years ago, Long Beach stepped up to the plate to help. We thought that our little island of Naples could help the island of Haiti in the wake of the devastation.”
“Although relief efforts are making its way to Haiti, there is still a great need for monetary donations to purchase medical supplies, additional food and water,” said Mayor Foster. “There are still major aftershocks that are sending more victims to overwhelm field hospitals. I want to thank the Naples Improvement Association for their generous donation in this time of great need.”
There are an estimated three million people who have been impacted by the earthquake in Haiti. According to the American Red Cross, priority needs are food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support.
Donations for Haiti should be made out to Long Beach Cares, noting for the funds to go towards the Haiti Relief Fund. Donations are tax deductible. Checks can be mailed to:
Long Beach Cares
C/o City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
2525 Grand Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815
For more information or for questions, please call the Mayor’s office at (562) 570-6801.
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