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Help sought to pack aid for Haiti today

The Evanston-based Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti is asking for volunteers to help load two 40-foot cargo containers with donated goods to ship to Haiti to aid the victims of January’s earthquake.

The Evanston-based Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti is asking for volunteers to help load two 40-foot cargo containers with donated goods to ship to Haiti to aid the victims of January’s earthquake.

Alderman Lionel Jean-Baptiste, 2nd Ward, says, "We need your help to load these containers with many of the goods we have received over the past few weeks. Please join us and bring a friend or a family member."

One container is located at Mount Zion Tabernacle Church, 2101 Dempster St.. The other is at Inclusions Solutions/Nature’s Perspective, 2000 Greenleaf St.

The loading work is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and is expected to last until 4 p.m.

The quake in Haiti has been characterized as the second deadliest anywhere in the world in the last 30 years. More than 300,000 people may have perished. Survivors have severe medical needs and there are thousands of amputees. Scores of people continue to need treatment for badly infected wounds, severe fractures and other medical issues. More than one million people have been left homeless and live under tents or in open air exposed to the dangers of the coming rainy season.

In response to the Haitian Congress’ call to help the survivors, many local residents have responded with donation of funds, medical supplies, crutches, canes, canned goods, clothing and hygienic goods.

The Haitian Congress, in collaboration with the Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad, flew a team of doctors and other health professionals to Haiti on United Airlines. The airline offered free space for doctors, and the group sent one team with $10,000 worth of medical equipment and supplies, including blood-pressure and blood-sugar monitors, crutches, nebulizers, bandages and sutures.

The Haitian Congress, working with partners and allies, also shipped more than $1 million worth of medication donated by The International Relief Team to the general hospital in Port-au-Prince by cargo plane. This essential medicine arrived on Feb. 11.

More information is available on the group’s website.

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