There are several ways local residents can provide assistant to relief efforts designed to help the people of Haiti. Below, is a list of organizations, schools, churches and companies to which members of the Southern Crescent community can turn, to provide assistance.
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Way to help: Local residents can make financial contributions at http://www.ifrc.org/, or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS to donate in English, or 1-800-257-7575 to donate in Spanish, or text-messaging the word "HAITI" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Way to help: Between now and Jan. 30, customers can round up their purchases to the next dollar, with the difference going to the American Red Cross to pay for relief efforts in Haiti.
Hosea Feed The Hungry and Homeless
Location: 1035 Donnelly Ave., Atlanta.
Contact: Hosea Feed The Hungry and Homeless, (404) 755-3353.
Way to help: People can donate money, water, non-perishable food items, disinfectant wipes, antibiotic creams and ointments, blankets, tents, medical supplies, and military Meals Ready to Eat (MREs), Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m., to 7 p.m., and on Saturday, from 11 a.m., to 4 p.m. Money can be donated through the organization's web site, http://www.hoseafeedthehungry.com.
Forest Park Middle School
Location: 930 Finley Drive, Forest Park.
Contact: Gengis Shakan, (404) 362-3840.
Way to help: The school is collecting water, sleeping bags, and medical supplies to give to the Atlanta-based Haitian Alliance.
Clayton State University
Location: 2000 Clayton State Boulevard, Morrow.
Contact: Atawanna Royal, (678) 466-5433.
Way to help: Clayton State's Department of Campus Life; Student Government Association; Campus Events Council; Women of IMPACT; Caribbean Students Association, and AmeriCorps National Service Program will be collecting funds and other items, including food and toiletry items from Tuesday, Jan. 19, through Friday, Jan. 22, on Main Street in the James M. Baker University Center.
H.O.P.E. Ministries of Georgia, Inc., and the Clayton County Wide Homeowners Association
Location: 7929 Jonesboro Road, Jonesboro.
Contact: Dabouze Antoine, (770) 374-6458.
Way to help: The organization is collecting medical supplies and monetary donations to take to Haiti next week. Representatives from H.O.P.E. Ministries of Georgia, Inc., and the Clayton County Wide Homeowners Association will be receiving donations at the H.O.P.E. office on Saturday, from 1 p.m., to 6 p.m.
Meadows Montessori School and Cornerstone Bible Church
Location: 180 Nail Road, McDonough.
Contact: Siromi Binkley, (678) 770-0401.
Way to help: The school and church organizations will host a yard sale on Jan. 23, from 9 a.m., until 2 p.m. Proceeds from the yard sale, which will include furniture, electronics, clothing, toys and books, will be donated to the American Red Cross and relief efforts in Haiti.
Henry County Rotary Club
Contact: Michelle Deraney, (678) 284-4480.
Way to help: The club is accepting donations to purchase shelter boxes for earthquake victims. Donation bins will be set up by Thursday at local grocery stores, businesses and restaurants, as well as Henry Medical Center. Credit-card donations can be made by calling Deraney at SCB-TV Channel 15.
McDonough Presbyterian Church
Location: 427 McGarity Road.
Contact: Church office, (770) 957-9890.
Way to help: The church is collecting donations over the next two Sunday services, which will be forwarded to the Haitian Earthquake Medical Response Fund. The fund is operated by the Presbyterian Church USA.
Higher Living Christian Church
Location: 2455 Mount Carmel Road in Hampton.
Contact: Church office, (678) 479-4990.
Way to help: Church members are being asked to donate funds to the American Red Cross Haitian Relief Fund.
Shiloh Baptist Church
Location: 262 Macon Street in McDonough.
Contact: Church office, (770) 957-2344.
Way to help: The church is donating earthquake relief funds to New Era Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia Inc., and Progressive National Baptist Convention Inc.
Eagle's Landing First Baptist Church
Location: 2400 Ga. Highway 42 North in McDonough.
Contact: Bruce Mewbourne, pastor of global outreach, (770) 957-1355.
Way to help: Donation checks can be made out to the church, and designated "Haiti Earthquake Response."