Local Maryland Communities Gather Donations for the Haiti Relief Cause Announces the Embassy of Haiti

Jan 22, 2010, 15:26 ET from Embassy of Haiti

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two Maryland mayors met with Mrs. Lola Poisson-Joseph, wife of Haitian Ambassador to the United States Raymond Joseph this afternoon to donate goods collected in local donation drives, the Embassy of Haiti announced today.

Mrs. Poisson-Joseph was joined on the front steps of the Embassy of Haiti by Mayor Xzavier Montgomery-Wright of the City of Brentwood, Maryland and Mayor Diane Fennel of Colmar Manor to accept the donations for the Haiti relief efforts.  Mayor Petrella Robinson of North Brentwood, Maryland could not attend but the community also contributed to the donation drive.

"Goods and monetary donations like these are essential to the women, children, and families of Haiti who are dealing with this tragedy," said Poisson-Joseph.  

The goods include two large containers of clothing and shoes, diapers, gauze pads, band aids, 100 aluminum flashlights with batteries, bottled water, toothpaste and toothbrushes, and non-perishable food items.

Because the Embassy is no longer accepting in-kind donations at this time, the local communities have agreed to continue storing the items in their warehouses until the Embassy can arrange for storage space and flights to send the items down to Haiti.  

At the ceremony this afternoon, Poisson-Joseph also expressed her appreciation to the U.S. lawmakers.  "My husband and I would also like to thank the members of U.S. Congress for their expedited passage of the Haiti Assistance Income Tax Incentive Act, which allows donors to receive retroactive tax benefits for charitable donations for Haiti relief," said Poisson-Joseph.  The Act will allow taxpayers to deduct charitable contributions made to the earthquake relief effort by the end of February.

In the days following the earthquake, Mrs. Poisson-Joseph has become an advocate for women and children whose lives were torn apart by the natural disaster.  The Embassy of Haiti has been working tirelessly to collect donated supplies and coordinate the shipment of the supplies to Haiti.    

SOURCE Embassy of Haiti