Local, National Efforts Support Haiti Relief

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Individuals are trying to do their part locally with the help going to the island of Haiti.

Meridian's Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance donated $500 Friday to the American Red Cross' Haiti Relief Fund.

Members of the alliance say they raised the money during their Martin Luther King celebration.

Wayne Long of the ARC Key Chapter in Meridian said the donation is truly appreciated.

"The financial needs are way above what we can afford out of our own, so it takes donations, it takes people with the love in their heart for the fellow man to do this," Long said. "And that's what we thank these gentlemen for and this organization."

Individuals are trying to do their part locally with the help going to the island of Haiti.

Meridian's Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance donated $500 Friday to the American Red Cross' Haiti Relief Fund.

Members of the alliance say they raised the money during their Martin Luther King celebration.

Wayne Long of the ARC Key Chapter in Meridian said the donation is truly appreciated.

"The financial needs are way above what we can afford out of our own, so it takes donations, it takes people with the love in their heart for the fellow man to do this," Long said. "And that's what we thank these gentlemen for and this organization."

Donations to various charitable groups in the U.S. to help the people of Haiti have reached hundreds of millions of dollars. But because of the level of devastation there, much more will be needed to help the country recover.

A telethon organized by celebrities Friday night sought to bring in a huge amount of money. WTOK's ABC and CW stations are airing it.

"It's basically a television road block," said general manager Tim Walker. "All the major networks, many of the cable networks, radio stations, anywhere that has the ability to broadcast the Internet will be participating in this."

Meridian radio station V93.5 also broadcast the telethon, hosted by actor George Clooney.


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