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Israeli aid arrives in Haiti, field hospital set up

See updates from Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Israeli aid arrives in Haiti, field hospital set up 17-Jan-2010

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New Yorkers Can Donate Supplies through JDC Partners

NEW YORK, NY, January 15, 2010-The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the world’s largest Jewish humanitarian assistance organization, in collaboration with the Afya Foundation, began loading their first container of supplies in New York City this morning at 9:30 a.m. to be shipped to victims of Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake.  The container, which is filled with hundreds of mattresses and blankets donated by Jewish Home Lifecare in New York City, will be shipped for Partners in Health International to manage the logistics of distribution on the ground in Haiti.
New Yorkers can participate right now by donating the following supplies to the drop-off location –
Afya’s Warehouse at 510 Nepperhan Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701.
  • Sheets
  • Blankets
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Towels
  • Clothing
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • Water
  • Electrolyte Tablets
  • Small Water Buckets
  • Ensure (or any liquid food supplement)
  • Respiratory Masks
  • Personal Care Items
  • Gauze
  • Bandages
  • IV Starter Kits
  • Syringes
  • Gloves
  • Needles
  • Ringers
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Topical Antiseptic
  • Casting Materials
  • Cotton
  • Closed Toed Shoes
Please note supplies cannot be accepted which are expired or less than 5 months from expiration.
The Afya Foundation has been working in collaboration with Partners in Health International for many years to collect and deliver medical supplies that are donated by hospitals, health organizations, companies and people to communities in Haiti. 
JDC continues to conduct a full and rapid assessment of the situation on the ground, and is reaching out to its network of partners to determine immediate needs of the hardest-hit areas. These efforts are part of JDC’s International Development Program (IDP), which provides immediate relief and long-term assistance to victims of natural and manmade disasters. JDC and its partners worldwide have implemented similar relief efforts in more than 60 countries. Many IDP-operated programs are ongoing and are helping to rebuild infrastructure and community life in disaster-stricken regions.
Click to make a cash contribution.
About the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
Since 1914, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has given global expression to the principle that all Jews are responsible for one another.  Working today in over 70 countries, JDC acts on behalf of North America’s Jewish communities and others to rescue Jews in danger, provide relief to those in distress, revitalize overseas Jewish communities and help Israel overcome the social challenges of its most vulnerable citizens.  JDC also provides non-sectarian emergency relief and long-term development assistance worldwide.  For more information, please log on to:
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Israeli official arrives in Haiti to ‘devastation on every corner’ – Haaretz – Israel News

Israeli official arrives in Haiti to 'devastation on every corner' – Haaretz – Israel News

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UPDATE: Relief for Haiti earthquake victims

(Photo: Matt Marek/American Red Cross) 
See today’s report: Jewish Groups Mobilizing Aid for Haiti Quake from the JTA.

  • Cash donations avoid the complicated, costly, and time-consuming process of collecting, sorting, packing, transporting, unloading, resorting, storing, repackaging, and distributing donated goods and cash donations also help get the local economy back on its feet. According to NYC OEM, New York City government operations will not be able to support efforts to gather and distribute donated goods.
  • Learn about new IRS regulations about Haiti-related donations here.
  • Beware of fraud. Some fraudsters have already come forward to take advantage of people’s generosity, see the FBI alert here.
  • Credible responding agencies. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security donors to visit to obtain a list of credible responding agencies for international emergencies and to get valuable information on making informed decisions when supporting charities

Click on the following links to find out more and to donate to these worthy causes:

  • The Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief (an arm of the JDC) is the lead agency for the Jewish Federations of North America (including our own UJA-Federation of New York). JDC is currently supporting Heart to Heart International to support search-and-rescue efforts; food, water and clothing; temporary shelters; medical aid, equipment, and psycho-trauma services to victims of the earthquake. JDC is also working with the Medical Corps of the Israel Defense Forces and has purchased critical medical equipment for its field hospital, including infant incubators for its neonatal unit and orthopedic devices. Further partnerships are being explored for the next phase of JDC’s support for Haiti’s victims. Click here to donate through UJA-Federation. Find out more about their efforts.
  • American Jewish Committee.
  • American Jewish World Service
  • American Red Cross has an extensive partnership with the Haitian Red Cross. To help immediately, simply text “HAITI” to “90999” and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill ($4 million was raised through texting yesterday). Read Terry Bischoff’s moving description of ARC’s activities here.
  • B’nai B’rith International.
  • K.I.D.S. (Kids in Distressed Situations)
  • Magen David Adom
  • Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City
  • National Council of Young Israel.
  • Orthodox Union.
  • Samuel Dalembert Foundation
  • UJA-Federation of New York
  • Union for Reform Judaism
  • UNICEF. 
  • United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.
  • World ORT.
  • ZAKA



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