The folks who set up the Haiti earthquake relief donation site at First Street and Alton Road
Relief supplies boxed up and ready for delivery to Haiti
by Carl Kruse
in Miami Beach need to raise $50,000 to send air-conditioning units and generators for the Project Medishare hospital being set up in Port-au-Prince to treat victims. You can make your donation here.
What this group of Miamians has accomplished in the past seven days is truly remarkable. Via social networking connections on Facebook, the First and Alton relief effort mobilized volunteers, trucks, and private jets to ship in excess of 4,000 tons of medical equipment, bottled water, food, tents, tarps, sleeping bags, and blankets to the devastated island nation. More than 22 humanitarian relief flights have gone out of Opa-locka Executive Airport to Haiti since the earthquake hit Janaury 12.
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The organization has partnered with Project Medishare to set up a hospital in Port-au-Prince with more than 200 doctors on the ground. Today, 35 Haitian nurses will join them to help treat victims, thousands who are suffering from severe fractures.
Albert Gomez -- vice president of Doral-based contract manufacturing firm IC Assemblies and one of the relief organizers -- says a team of volunteers is assisting Medishare physicians to set up the temporary hospital this week. "I'll be heading down on Friday with 14 orthopedic surgeons," he says. "There are more than 2,000 people with severe fractures in one makeshift hospital that has already been established."
If you cannot donate money, Gomez says the relief effort still needs medical supplies such as spinal syringes, splints, and sonogram and EKG machines for operating and recovery rooms.