Friday, October 7, 2016

Forget the hashtags, Here's how you can LEGITIMATELY #HelpHaitiForReal


Forget the Hashtags! Want to make a REAL impact and ACTUALLY #HelpHaitiForReal?  here's a serious tip, Be a DOER and Not a POSTER! and the first step is to move beyond just posting #PrayForHaiti to one where you actually SUPPORT via some of the many entities in Jamaica that are seeking to get immediate aid into the country.

For context, our fellow Caribbean neighbors in Haiti have been facing the devastating effects of #HurricaneMatthew.  To date, the death toll has soared to a  devastating high in excess of 800 persons and UNICEF asserts that 

An estimated 500,000 children live in the Grande Anse and Grand South departments in southern Haiti, the areas worst hit by Hurricane Matthew. UNICEF further notes that Up to 80 per cent of homes in the south are reportedly damaged and nearly 16,000 people are staying in temporary shelters. Some 175 schools are believed to have sustained heavy damage and at least 150 schools throughout the country are being used to shelter evacuees...

 The video below shows the painful reality.




Now, I know we have long become a "Let us create an hashtag to show how much we care" society, but in time of crises, it bluntly means nothing if you can't put your resources where your hashtag is. So to encourage you to move from being a POSTER to a DOER, the Jamaican Mommies team is compiling a running list of legitimate organizations in Jamaica that are raising cash and kind to support Haiti. This list will be continuously updated and we encourage persons to share organized and legitimate efforts to be added to same.  Some of the organized efforts to date include:

1. Office for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) 

A. CASH DONATIONS

Bank NCB
Branch: Oxford rd
Acct#: 212387304
Acct name: Help Haiti

B. IN KIND Donations
These priority items that can be sent to the ODPEM at 2-4 Haining Road Kingston 5. Arrangements will be made for them to be transported to Haiti:
• Bottled water
• Non-Perishable Food Items
• Tarpaulins



2. Salvation Army Jamaica/Scotia Bank Foundation


A. CASH DONATIONS
The Disaster Relief Hurricane Matthew Fund
Scotia bank Acct #: 000936476
Scotia bank branch transit #: 50765














3. UNICEF via UNICEF JAMAICA


4 million+ children are at risk from Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.
UNICEF is working to support the Government’s humanitarian response. Life-saving supplies for 10,000 people are in place and ready to be distributed to the most affected families in the worst hit areas. They include water bladders and chlorination tablets, hygiene kits and mosquito nets.
Click link to help UNICEF assist families and children affected by Hurricane Matthew.
https://www.unicefusa.org/…/support-hurricane-matthew…/30966





4. Mona School of Business Alumni CLOTHES et al


Wishlist includes:

• Bedding and Bathroom supplies
• Boxed Juices and Milk
• Canned Foods
• Cleaning Supplies
• Clothing
• Personal Care Items
• Water

Items can be dropped off at the MSBM (North Room) A 203 or MSBM Western Jamaica campus. 


5. Food for the Poor (FFP) Jamaica-CASH and CANNED GOODS 

A. CASH DONATIONS
• www.foodforthepoor.org/hurricane using PayPal or
• Directly to NCB St. Jago Branch Account # 471043885

B. CHEQUE DONATIONS
• Make cheques payable to Food For The Poor and drop off at our Head Office in Spanish Town. Indicate “Haiti Relief” on the cheques.

C. IN-KIND DONATIONS
For those who would rather donate goods, the Charity accepts ONLY canned/non-perishable food items such as canned meats, canned fish, and canned milk.

The locations for drop offs are as follows:

• FFP’s office/warehouse at Ellerslie Pen, Spanish Town, St. Catherine
• RJR Communications Group
• Stella Maris Catholic Church (8:30 – 4:30 Mondays to Fridays)
• Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church (8:30 – 4:30 Mondays to Fridays)
• The Roman Catholic Diocese of Montego Bay, 1 Fort Street, Montego Bay
• Bishop Boyle’s Outreach & Resource Centre, 66 Caledonia Road, Mandeville
• The Gleaner Company (Media) Limited

You may also donate through purchases made at the following supermarkets

• All Shoppers Fair Supermarkets
• All Super Shoppers Fair Supermarkets
• All Hi-Lo Food Stores
• D & Y Supermarket (Savanna-la-Mar)
• All Progressive Foods Stores
• SuperValu Supermarket
• All Brooklyn Supermarkets
• John R. Wong Supermarket
• JR’s Bargain World (Linstead & May Pen)
• Loshusan Supermarket

For further information, please contact 876-564-2444 (DIGICEL) OR 876-486-3002 (FLOW)





HELP US TO HELP THEM!!

Know additional Jamaican-based Initiatives that will #HelpHaitiForReal?
Be sure to connect the Jamaican Mommies network via Social Media and share them for our listing with the  #HelpHaitiForReal tag via:

Facebook Page: @Jamaican Mommies
Facebook Group: @Jamaican Mommies Group 
Instagram: JamaicanMommies 

#WeStandWithHaiti #JamaicanMommiesCares

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