Thursday, January 21, 2010

Rep. Gonzales: Contributing to Haiti's Earthquake Relief



January 21, 2010

Dear Friends:
 
By now, we have all been touched by the news and images coming out of Haiti in the aftermath of last week's earthquake.  Many of you have generously donated to help the earthquake victims that are in such need. But as violent aftershocks continue and more victims are discovered, Haiti--the poorest country in our hemisphere-- still needs our help. Locally, there are several ways you can give to make sure the Haitian people get the medical attention, food, water and supplies they need to begin recovering from this tragedy.
 
One way you can help is to attend the "Haitian Relief Jam" tonight, Thursday, January 21, featuring the Renaissance Rockers at Cine El Rey, 311 S. 17th St. in downtown McAllen. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Cine El Rey's box office or at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance's marketing department at 5501 S. McColl Road. All of the proceeds will go to provide humanitarian aid, medical services and supplies for earthquake victims in Haiti.  The cost of the ticket and any additional donations are tax-deductible. For more information, call (956) 362-7555.
 
A team of 20 doctors and nurses from the Rio Grande Valley plan to go to Haiti at the end of the month to set up a field clinic in the northern part of the clinic. Donations are being collected at medical facilities in several cities including Doctors Hospital at Renaissance.  For more information, visit http://www.rgvhelpshaiti.com/
 
Channel 5 News, Burger King, Lacks Furniture, and Bert Ogden Dealerships have started a relief fund and will match every dollar of the first $30,000 donated. 100 percent of all donations will be sent to American Red Cross and Salvation Army Haitian relief efforts.
You can make your check payable to: Haitian Relief Fund c/o KRGV-TV, PO Box 5
Weslaco, Texas 78599-005.
 
Another local venue accepting donations is the Haitian-owned Caribbean Taste restaurant in McAllen, located at 135 West Nolana Avenue. For more information, call (956) 683-7004‎. Several local churches are collecting monetary offerings and collecting other items. Check with local religious or non-profit organizations to find ways you can help. All H-E-B grocery stores will allow customers to donate $1, $3 or $5 to their total grocery bill that will go to the American Red Cross.
 
An easy way to donate money to established organizations is through text messaging campaigns. The money will be charged to your cell phone bill. Here are three ways to help:
  • Text "HAITI" to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross to relief efforts.
  • Text "HAITI" to 52000 to donate $10 to the Salvation Army relief efforts.
  • Text "GIVE10" to 20222 to donate $10 to Direct Relief for Haiti's relief efforts.
 
Our country has responded tremendously to aid Haiti in this tragedy. But in the coming weeks and months, these earthquake victims will continue to need our help, thoughts and prayers. I am proud to live in a nation and a region that generously reaches out to others in need and I thank you for doing your part to contribute.
 
Sincerely,
Veronica Gonzales
State Representative, District 41
 
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State Representative Veronica Gonzales
Capitol Office: 512-463-0578
District Office: 956-686-5501

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