JIS News

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is partnering with Well Heeled Jamaicans, a local charitable organisation, to undertake a shoe collection drive this weekend as part of the agency’s relief response to Haiti in the aftermath of last week’s devastating earthquake.
“We have gotten their support to assist us with collecting new and slightly worn shoes that will be sanitised and packaged,” Director General of ODPEM, Ronald Jackson, told JIS News, in an interview yesterday (January 19).On Tuesday, January 12, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake ravaged Haiti. Jamaica has joined other countries worldwide, in the relief and recovery efforts and has been designated as the base for CARICOM’s input.
Food, water and medical supplies have been the agency’s priority supplies, though a large amount of clothing has been received, so much so that ODPEM has had to remind the public that clothing is not one of the essential items, at present.
However, with the shipments of priority goods soon to be completed, focus will now be shifted to other items.
Mr. Jackson appealed for persons to come out this Saturday and Sunday (January 23 and 24) to ODPEM’s offices at 2-4 Haining Road, Kingston and donate footwear to the cause. “We have clothing but we need to give them a full suit, so to speak,” he added.
“We have a volunteer from Guadeloupe, who will be assisting us with putting a little note, a little source of inspiration, in those packages that will go to our Haitian brothers and sisters to help to play our part in also uplifting their spirits,” the Director General shared.

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