TUPELO – Tupelo Mayor Jack Reed Jr. announced Friday the creation of a special emergency fund through which Northeast Mississippians can help those suffering in Haiti.
The mayor, along with four ministers and a representative from the American Red Cross, spoke to a small crowd at City Hall shortly before 10 a.m.
Reed explained that the “Tupelo-Haiti Relief Project” will be administered by the CREATE Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on community building and other philanthropic endeavors.
For the next two weeks, people can contribute to the fund. All of the money will be passed along to the Mississippi Chapter of the American Red Cross, which will use it to provide food, medical supplies and other necessary items to the devastated country.
Haiti was hit with a 7.0 earthquake Tuesday evening, and an estimated 50,000 are dead. The country’s largest airport in the capital city of Port-au-Prince was closed Thursday, a move that has prevented the inflow of material aid to the country.
It’s for that reason that Red Cross emergency services director Cheryl Kocurek said monetary donations are the most effective means of providing help for now.
The ministers, all members of the Greater Tupelo Ministerial Alliance, represented four Christian denominations, and some 30 churches are expected to include the Relief Project during their next two Sunday collections.
“I’ve always been a big fan of Tupelo’s inter-religious and interdenominational collaborations,” said Reed, calling such joint efforts “Tupelo at its best.”
The collected donations will be presented to the Red Cross on Feb. 2.
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Donations can be sent to: CREATE Foundation, P.O. Box 1053 Tupelo, MS, 38802. Please indicate that the money is for the “Tupelo-Haiti Relief Project.” Credit card donations can be made by calling (662) 844-8989. Online donations are also welcome at www.createfoundation.com.
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