Pittsburgh organization reaches out to offer help after massive earthquake hits Haiti

PITTSBURGH — More than 300 people are now dead after a devastating earthquake hit Haiti.

>>> RELATED STORY: Haiti earthquake: 304 dead, 1,800 injured after 7.2 magnitude quake hits island

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the quake struck 5 miles southeast of the city of Petit

Trou de Nippes in the western part of the country, which is approximately 80 miles west of the capital, Port-au-Prince.

Hundreds of people have been confirmed dead and thousands more injured. Officials there said medical needs are their biggest urgency. That’s where a Pittsburgh foundation is stepping in to help.

Brother’s Brother Foundation (BBF) is working with Food for the Poor (FFTP) of Coconut Creek, Florida.

BBF’s initial response included sending critically needed first aid to those impacted by the earthquake and supporting ongoing search and rescue efforts.

“To send pallets of gauze, first aid, Band-Aids, splints, anything you can imagine that somebody facing a trauma would be faced with,” explained the foundation president, Ozzy Samad.

This will be followed by shipments of medicines, equipment and additional humanitarian supplies as needed, along with longer-term support for the communities as they recover from the damage and loss of life.

“The repainted actually ends up being relatively long-term activity. So their support, as much as it’s important immediately, we really appreciate it if they keep the people of Haiti in mind longer-term wise,” Samad said.

All 100% of funds received for BBF’s response to the disaster will be used to support emergency relief

and logistics to the affected areas. Your donations and support are greatly appreciated.

Credit card donations can be made by clicking here.

Checks should be made payable to Brother’s Brother Foundation and sent to the address listed below.

Please note “Haiti Relief” in the memo field.

Brother’s Brother Foundation

P.O. Box 645934

Pittsburgh, PA 15264-5257

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