Houstonians line up to donate for Haitians

Thursday, January 14, 2010
This image released by the U.S. Geological Survey shows a shake map of the Haiti Region processed Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)

Houston's Haitian community is stepping up in an attempt to help the earthquake victims and more help is needed

The Multi-Ethnic Community Center in southwest Houston has been inundated by people wanting to help the earthquake victims. One room at the center has been completely filled up with clothing and non-perishable goods.

Right now, though, a lot of disaster relief organizations need cash more than anything else. Meantime, the volunteers are putting in a lot of hard work while waiting for word from loved ones in Haiti.

"It's disheartening," said volunteer Natalie Alexandrie. "It's one of those things that we're definitely praying for the families, the four million people in America who are Haitian decent."

The disaster relief drive at the Multi-Ethnic Community Center located on 9819 Bissonnet in southwest Houston runs from 7am until 10pm.

Items needed for Haiti relief:

  • Cash donations
  • Water
  • Hygiene products
  • Nonperishable food
  • Warm weather clothes
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Medical supplies, including ace bandages, bandages, gloves, gauze, saline, antibiotic ointment, alcohol pads
  • Blankets
  • Shoes
  • Crates/boxes
  • Tents
  • Sleeping bags
  • Generators

Volunteers are also welcome.

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