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January 13, 2010

Re: Help for Haiti

Dear Mayor:

Your colleague, Mayor Ed Johnson of Asbury Park, is asking for your help for the disaster-stricken people of Haiti.

As I am sure everyone is now aware, Haiti suffered a major 7.0 earthquake, late yesterday afternoon, which has devastated parts of the country and a majority of the capital city Port au Prince. Asbury Park, like many New Jersey municipalities, is proud to include Haitian Americans as part of its diverse community. Many have been personally affected by this recent tragedy.

Mayor Johnson asks that we join him in lending whatever support we can to assist with providing comfort and support to our neighbors and/or to the relief effort. Below is how we can help:

  • Text HAITI to 90999 which will automatically donate $10.00 to the American Red Cross relief for Haiti
  • The State Department Operations Center has set up the following number for Americans seeking information about family members in Haiti: 1-888-407-4747  (Due to heavy volume, some callers may receive a recording)

Link to Red Cross Operations at

Link to USAID Operations Center at 

Thank you. And we especially want to thank you, Mayor Johnson, for taking the lead and giving us direction on this.

Very truly yours,


William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director


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