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How to help from Manatee County

These agencies are providing assistance to Haitians affected by the Jan. 12 earthquake.

AMERICAN RED CROSS

n Call the Manatee Red Cross headquarters at (941) 792-8686, visit the office at 2905 59th St. W., open 9-noon, Saturday and Monday, or log on to www.flwestcoastredcross.org. Donors may give to an international response fund or specify funds for the Haitian relief effort. Cell-phone users also may text the word “HAITI” to 90999 to give $10 to Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti.

THE SALVATION ARMY

n Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or the local chapter at (941) 748-5110, or visit www.salvationarmy.org. The local chapter can only accept monetary donations at this time.

HOPE OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL

n Send check to Hope Outreach International, P.O. Box 29, Oneco, Fla. 34264, call (941) 527-6841 or log on to www.reachwithhope.org.

LOCAL HAITIAN CHURCHES

n Nine churches that serves the Haitian community have joined together to collect blankets, clothing, dry goods, canned foods, flash lights, bottled water, personal hygiene products or medical supplies, such as bandages, alcohol, sanitizer.

They can be dropped off at three locations:

Bethesda Haitian Evangelical Church, 3505 Fifth St. E., Bradenton

First Biblical Baptist Church of Palmetto, 802 23rd St. E., Palmetto

Hide-Away Storage Services, 6791 28th St. Circle. E., Sarasota

Volunteers also are needed to help sort and pack the supplies for shipping to Haiti. For more information, call (941) 746-6789

SHELTERBOX USA

n ShelterBox USA, a Lakewood Ranch-based disaster relief organization dedicated to providing shelter and supplies to those who need it most, announces that 400 of its “ShelterBoxes” have arrived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Donors may call (941) 907-6036 or go to www.ShelterBoxUSA.org.

PARTNERS IN HEALTH

n To make a donation visit the Web site at www.standwithhaiti.org

PARISH TWINNINGS PROGRAMS OF AMERICA

n To make a donation visit the Web site at http://www.parishprogram.org/donate. Eagle will warehouse the items and then truck them to Venice to be loaded on an Agape Flight directly to Haiti.

AGAPE FLIGHTS

n To make a donation visit the Web site at http://www.agapeflights.com/default.asp

SARASOTA AREA MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION

n A collection box for second-hand clothes and non perishable foods will be set up at the SAMA dinner meeting today, and donations will continue to be accepted throughout the week at Phoenix Ink headquarters, 5284 Paylor Lane, Lakewood Ranch.

SARASOTA ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE

n The company, 1093 Central Ave., Sarasota, is collecting medical supplies, nonperishable food items and monetary donations made out to Visitation Hospital Foundation with “earthquake relief” in the memo line.

CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF VENICE

n Send check payable to “Diocese of Venice: Haitian Relief” to Diocese of Venice, Attn: Haitian Relief, 1000 Pinebrook Road, Venice, Fla.34285. You can contribute online through the Diocese of Venice Web site www.dioceseofvenice.org.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA SARASOTA-MANATEE

n Students, staff, faculty and alumni are collecting items for the Haiti relief effort. Items urgently needed are medical supplies, protein drinks, first-aid supplies, water purification tablets, rubber gloves and other items. The public can bring items to the campus Student Center at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail. For more information, call (941) 359-4566.

STATE COLLEGE OF FLORIDA, MANATEE-SARASOTA

n The SCF Haitian Club will accept monetary donations and clothes and medical supplies between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday at SCF Bradenton campus Performance Pavilion.

n The Student Government Association at SCF Venice plans to display photos of SCF students whose families were affected by the earthquake and collect donations for the American Red Cross at Club Rush.

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