CHICAGO — As residents of Haiti struggle to deal with the devastation wrought by the catastrophic earthquake on January 12, ISSA and the ISSA Foundation ask all ISSA members and other members of the JanSan industry to help the victims whose lives have been affected by this disaster. The ISSA Foundation is partnering with the American Red Cross and Gifts in Kind International (GIK) to provide crucial supplies to the hundreds of thousands victims left homeless. Here’s how you and your company can help: MONETARY DONATIONS The American Red Cross has stressed that it is in desperate need of monetary donations, as the agency is not yet certain what product donations will be needed to assist the victims. By making a financial contribution to the ISSA Foundation Haiti Fund, you can assist in providing shelter, food, and medical assistance to those in need. The American Red Cross is not a government agency and all Red Cross disaster assistance is free thanks to the generosity of people like you. The value of your donation is increased by the fact that the ratio of volunteer Red Cross workers to paid staff is almost 36-to-1. Contributions to the American Red Cross, a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, are deductible for computing income and estate taxes.To make a monetary donation, please click here to download a contribution form and forward it to ISSA Foundation Operations Manager Tracy Weber. Please make checks payable to the ISSA Foundation Haiti Fund. PRODUCT DONATIONS The ISSA Foundation is also working with GIK, one of the best-managed charities in America dedicated to helping people and communities, to coordinate the delivery of medical supplies, personal-care and hygiene products, clothing, water, appliances, and cleaning supplies to the American Red Cross.
GIK is coordinating with several of its large international nonprofit partners that have offices in Haiti and are currently assessing the in-kind product needs for both first responders and the next phases of cleanup and rebuilding. GIK is also working with corporate partners and supporters to determine how best to assist in the relief efforts through needed product donations. Once a list of needed products has been confirmed, it will be posted to the ISSA Foundation web site.
In the meantime, if your company is interested in making a product donation to the Haiti disaster relief effort, please e-mail a list of the products your company would like to donate so that we can determine if they meet the current or long-term needs of our charitable partners working on the ground in Haiti.
Please send your contact information and list of possible product donations to Doyle Delph at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, please contact Doyle at 703-836-2121.