In response to the recent natural disasters in Haiti, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced today the Houston’s Paying It Forward Earthquake and Hurricane Relief Response to Haiti.
The City of Houston is partnering with Houston Haitians United and the National Association of Christian Churches (NACC) Disaster Services to collect supplies for Haitians recovering from the major earthquake and storm that recently devastated Haiti.
“After Hurricane Harvey and other major natural disasters devastated our city and displaced our families and friends, people from across the globe volunteered their time, financial donations, and supplies,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “Houston is the proud home to a large Haitian community, and today, we are called to pay it forward to our neighbors in Haiti who are currently experiencing great suffering and loss.”
Houston Texan Whitney Mercilus, who is of Haitian descent, supports the relief efforts.
“Haiti is home and my heart is broken for all my Haitian people who have endured these tragedies. I am always in support of Mayor Sylvester Turner and the City of Houston for their continued support for Haiti. My family and I stand with Haiti to lend our support,” said entrepreneur and event consultant DJ Big Reeks on Mercilus’ behalf.
Congressman Al Green and a representative for Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis also attended the announcement.
The donation and supply drive will begin accepting donations on Monday, August 23, and will conclude on Saturday, August 28.
- Cleaning supplies (especially with bleach)
- Personal hygiene items
- Nonperishable food
- Bottled water
- Pet food and supplies