Concerned about the devastation resulting from the deadly earthquake that hit Haiti this past week, Assemblywoman Vanessa L. Gibson (D-Bronx) is joining with local efforts to assist the victims of this tragedy and their families.
"This is a terrible tragedy and the deadly devastation in Haiti is just horrendous," Assemblywoman Gibson said. "My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those affected and I am committed to doing everything I possibly can to be of assistance to those in need."
"I am asking everyone to remember that, ‘There but for the Grace of God go I’, and to join in assisting the families in Haiti and their relatives here in New York," said Assemblywoman Gibson.
Currently the top priority is relief in Haiti and people are urged to contact the American Red Cross by calling 1(800)733-2767 or 1(800)257-7575 for Spanish language callers. Additionally, Assemblywoman Gibson has learned of requests for basic pharmaceutical supplies such as anti-bacterial creams and bandages.
"My office is working closely with local community based organizations and local schools in providing assistance towards the relief efforts," Assemblywoman Gibson said. Assemblywoman Gibson is currently working with Bronx Works, local schools such as the five school network in the Bronx, faith-based and community-based organizations, and other local elected officials. Her office, located at 930 Grand Concourse, Suite 1E, in the Bronx, is also collecting supplies for Haiti Relief.
A Bronx school, PS 73 located at 1020 Anderson Avenue, has been designated as the primary drop-off point for supplies and donations. "It is an honor," Assemblywoman Gibson said, "to be working with Principal Jean Morvil and the students of PS 73, as we join together as One Bronx, to help the families devastated by the tragic events in Haiti."
The Governor’s Web site (www.state.ny.us/governor/press/HelpingHaiti.html) will direct you to several charitable organizations collecting donations if you would like to assist Haiti in its hour of need.
"I will be providing up-to-date information on the relief efforts as we continue to work with community based organizations to assist those in Haiti and their families," said Assemblywoman Gibson.