Local Collection Sites for Haiti relief

From Michael Capponi
Everyone,
We need your help now. We will be collecting much needed supplies today and tomorrow to bring on our flights to Haiti starting on Tuesday. We are working in conjunction with United Way and Project Medishare to transport and distribute the necessary aid to the people of Haiti. Please donate anything you can….nonperishable food, water, medical supplies. Below is a list of urgent needs…I urge you to either donate money to www.projectmedishare.org or buy these supplies yourselves at local pharmacies and drop them off at my office: 1835 Purdy Avenue, Miami Beach, FL33139 on Monday since I will be flying out Tuesday.

Supplies
stretcher
bandages all kinds
pampers newborns
scrubs
hand disinfectant
cholohexidyne
surface disinfectant
coolers w freeze packs
Materials for Cast
Antibiotics oinment and injectable
Gauzes
Iodine solution
Sutures
Gloves
Surgical masks
scrubbings materials
surgical gowns,
sutures removal kits
anesthesia materials like Endotracheal tubes
LMA’s
anesthetics agents like Forane, Ethrane, Propofol, Succynilcholine
some narcotics like Fentanyl, any pain medication
anything for wounds dressings
surgical instruments like basic sets for amputations
2 or 3 small sterilizers

Below please find the press release from our Mayor’s office about local Miami-Dade collection sites. With the help of all parties involved we are making huge progress to help those in Haiti. We are now asking all of you to take our mission to the next level. Please support any way you can and no donation is too small. The human condition in Haiti is beyond description and help is needed as quickly as possible.

Thank you for your continued support and your immediate response.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY LIBRARIES, POLICE AND FIRE STATIONS TO OPEN AS COLLECTION SITES FOR HAITI RELIEF

In the wake of Thursday’s earthquake in Haiti, Miami-Dade County is taking the next step in continuing local relief efforts. Beginning Sunday, January 17, 2010, all Miami-Dade County police and fire stations, as well as libraries, will serve as drop off sites for the collection of much needed supplies to send to the people of Haiti.

At this time, officials are asking that donated items be limited to nonperishable food, water, gloves of all types, surgical masks and camping tents. At this time, Miami-Dade collections are being limited to only the specified items, not clothing or other goods.

Miami-Dade County is partnering with a number of Miami-Dade municipalities in this effort, including Hialeah, Coral Gables, Homestead, North Miami Beach, North Miami, Miami, Miami Beach, Miami Springs, Sweetwater, South Miami, Pinecrest, Florida City, Golden Beach, El Portal, Miami Shores, North Bay Village, Bay Harbor Island, Surfside, Indian Creek, Miami Gardens and Miami-Dade Public Schools. (Cities have designated their own drop off locations, which may not include municipal police and fire stations or libraries.)

“There has been an outpouring of support for the Haitian community and our residents have been looking for any and every way to donate items,” Mayor Alvarez said. “Miami-Dade County is proud to partner with other communities in this countywide effort.”

“The needs in Haiti are great and Miami-Dade County is eager to provide life-saving goods to people who are suffering,” said Commissioner Audrey Edmonson. “Donations are just another way show our support for Haiti and its people.”

While all libraries are closed on Monday, January 18, 2010 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Day, the following library locations will be accepting donations on Sunday, January 17th and Monday, January 18th, from 1 pm to 5 pm.

MIAMI BEACH REGIONAL
227 22 ST.
MIAMI BEACH, FL 33139

NORTH DADE REGIONAL
2455 NW 183 ST.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL 33056

SOUTH DADE REGIONAL
10750 SW 211 ST.
CUTLER BAY, FL 33189

WEST DADE REGIONAL
9445 CORAL WAY
MIAMI, FL 33165

WEST KENDALL REGIONAL
10201 HAMMOCKS BLVD.
MIAMI, FL 33196

KEY BISCAYNE BRANCH
299 CRANDON BLVD.
KEY BISCAYNE, FL 33149

For more detailed information on drop off sites, residents can call 3-1-1 or go to www.miamidade.gov.

**Miami-Dade County continues to encourage monetary donations through the Red Cross or other recognized international relief agencies.

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