Doral wraps up Haiti earthquake relief effort

City of Doral officials, employees, volunteers and donors prepare to load the last container of supplies bound for Haiti as part of the Doral Earthquake Relief effort. (City of Doral Photo).

After four months of collecting food, water, clothing and medical supplies, the City of Doral and the Doral Rotary Club packed and shipped its sixth and last container for the Haiti Earthquake Relief effort May 21.

Through mid-May, more than 8000 boxes of needed food, clothing and supplies had been processed and shipped to Haiti. On May 6th, the fifth, totally fully loaded shipping container was packed and sent on its way.

“Our residents, elected officials and Doral businesses came together to help this neighboring nation during its time of need,” said Doral Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez. “Without everyone’s help, we would have not been able to undertake this effort. This is a true testament of the spirit of generosity of the Doral community.”

Since that tragic day on January 12, 2010, the City of Doral, partnering with the Rotary Club of Doral, operated a Haiti Earthquake Relief Center, including a City of Doral initial donation of $50,000.

Donations of food, water, clothing, shoes and medical supplies were collected, sorted, boxed and shipped to earthquake victims in Haiti. Hundreds of volunteering adults and students worked tirelessly for weeks, inspecting clothing and shoes for quality, sorting by size and gender, boxing and labeling. Food products were sorted and boxed into family packs, to provide variety. Medical and other supplies were handled in a similar matter, all boxed & placed on pallets, then shrink wrapped for shipping.

“Once again the caring and giving people of Doral have worked their miracles for our neighbors in Haiti. The positive work attitude and generosity of our Doral residents and business partners are simply amazing!

A labor of love, done well, I am very proud of our people and our City,” said Vice Mayor Robert Van Name, liaison for the Doral Haiti Relief.

With the sixth and final shipping container loaded May 21, the Doral Earthquake Relief Center was closed its doors on this date with a recognition ceremony honoring and thanking volunteers and sponsors who participated in the successful operation.

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