Lubbock continues help to Haiti - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/19/10

Lubbock continues help to Haiti

By Tiffany Pelt | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It's been one week since a 7.0 earthquake devastated the island nation of Haiti. The Haitian Prime Minister confirms 70,000 deaths so far as a result of the earthquake.

One week later, Lubbock continues to help the relief efforts. All across town you can walk into any United and add a donation to your grocery bill as you check out.

In just the two days this has been going on, $20,000 has been donated company-wide to Haiti.

All those donations will come to Lubbock and be divided between the three disaster relief organizations: Breedlove, the Salvation Army, and the American Red Cross. On top of that, United pledged to match the first $25,000 donated.

The "Lubbock Cares" fund also gives monetary donations to these three agencies.

"Donating money to the efforts of organizations that have international relief operations is the most effective and quickest way to assist people in Haiti," says Lubbock Mayor Tom Martin.

Anyone can give to Lubbock Cares by making donations to any local American State Bank.

And to start off the fund, ASB donated $5,000 to the cause. But they're not the only ones giving great amounts to Haiti relief.

"You see them digging in swamps or on the side of the road to get water, unpurified, and they can get sick make things worse, so it's just as important as food is to people down there," says Shaun Hurley, Vice President of Hurley Companies.

Lubbock's Hurley companies are working with government agencies to deliver water to Haiti. So far, 20 truckloads of water are ready to go, that's about 100,000 gallons of water.

"While that's not a tremendous amount every little bit helps and we continue to bottle as we speak in hopes to send more down there," says Hurley.

As for food, Breedlove began loading its first shipment of dehydrated foods; roughly one million servings. But again, the best way to help is donating money.

"Money is liquid because it can be moved very very quickly, it is every size of clothing, it is every size shoe needed, it is health care, it is medicine, it is psychological comfort for those in need," says bill Curnow, American Red Cross Disaster Chair.

Another Lubbock based non-profit organization called Operation Hope is also joining the efforts. They plan on organizing a team of doctors and nurses to go to Haiti.

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