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n The Suncoast medical community has united to bring help to survivors by way of medical supplies and other goods of immediate need. Bradenton-based Coastal Orthopedics & Pain Management is orchestrating “Help for Haiti,” and the response from the medical community has been overwhelming.

“We were informed of the need for very specific medical supplies. Things like saline, orthopedic equipment for fractures, suture kits, IV tubes. … While some of our doctors are making plans to join the medical team in Haiti in the near future, we knew this was a need that could be immediately met,” said Paul Duck, CEO of Coastal Orthopedics.

Individuals in the Suncoast area can help, too. Besides medical supplies, there is an urgent need for cotton balls, soap, matches and candles, tarps and tablecloths, flashlights and batteries, and a variety of foods like canned items and protein snacks. Donations can be dropped off at any of three Coastal Orthopedics locations. Details, including lists of needed items and additional drop-off spots, can be found at www.CoastalCares.com. Click the “Help for Haiti” link.

n Nearly 100 tons of additional aid is being flown to Haiti this week as thousands of people who lost their homes in the devastating earthquake are being given the chance to start rebuilding their lives in ShelterBox tents, said Veronica Brandon Miller, executive director of ShelterBox USA, based in Bradenton.

Go to www.shelterboxusa.org to make a donation.

n The American Red Cross will collect donations for relief efforts in Haiti during the Seventh Annual St. Armand’s Circle Art Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 411 St. Armand’s Circle, Sarasota.

n Hearts for Haiti Valentine’s Day Jazz Concert will be from noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 14 at Phillipi Park in Sarasota. Cost: A donation of $10 a person or $25 per family.

A tentative list of musicians includes Haitian Musician Jazz Band, Dick Hyman, Jimmy G’s Blues Band, Jennifer Leigh and Al Hixon.

n Haitian Earthquake Relief Benefit (HERB) is a fundraising concert for Haiti from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Feb. 6 at the Cock & Bull pub, 975 Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota.

The lineup so far includes a mix of music from Devil Made Microphones, Haitz, The Jetties, KT The Legend, The Once and Future Kings, Rocky Mountain Fast Guy, Washed up Hacks, Horizon’s Fall and Diar Lansky. Tickets are $10 for ages 21 and older and $15 for ages 16 to 21. Drawings also will be held. For more information, e-mail Jon Mickels at jmickels@ipitomy.com.

n Donors may give to Christian Retreat’s Haiti Relief Project through its Web site at www.christianretreat.org, or by calling the registered nonprofit organization at (941) 746-2882. Financial donations are very much needed right now to help pay expenses, such as paying for shipping of containers full of relief supplies, officials said.

— Herald staff reports

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