Savannah Businessman and Chatham County Commission Chairman Pete Liakakis announced Friday a communitywide effort to respond to the tragedy that has hit Haiti. Savannah Responds has established a drop off location for donations from throughout the Savannah-Chatham County area.
Savannah Responds was founded by Liakakis in 1961 to provide aid to the Savannah area and other places hit by floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters. Through the years food, goods, equipment and volunteers have been sent to locations as far away as Italy and as near as Charleston, SC and south Florida, in addition to here.
Speaking at the Haitian Monument on Franklin Square, Liakakis said: “The devastation that has occurred in Haiti is a call for help that we in Savannah and Chatham County must respond to. All Americans are being asked by our president to step up and give the things needed to control dis- ease and provide care and housing for the tens of thousands of displaced citizens. We in Savannah have a particular debt of gratitude to repay to Haiti which sent soldiers who fought valiantly by the side of our countrymen, many giving their lives, in our fight for independence from British rule in 1779 at the Battle of Savannah”.
Savannah Responds has designated the drop off location in a vacant lot at the NE corner of Mall Boulevard and Abercorn Street. The initial period of collections will began Saturday, January 16 and will continue through Sunday January 31.
Any additional collections win be announced depending on response and needs. The hours of collection are 8AM to 8PM, seven days a week. The location will be staffed during collection times. Volunteers are welcomed and are asked to come to the drop-off area in person.
Donations of food supplies and other staples, medical and cleaning supplies and tools are needed. Such as: Canned Goods, Cereals, Rice, Bottled Water, Paper Products, Toothpaste and Brushes, Soap, Alcohol, Disinfectants, Rope, Tarps, Mops, Brooms, Buckets, Hammers, Screwdrivers, Pliers, Shovels, Axes, Rakes, Saws, Drills, Gloves, Flash Lights, Lanterns, Batteries, Generators, Chain Saws, Tents, Sleeping Bags and new clothes.
In addition to aid given in natural disasters, Savannah Responds has provided fans in heat waves in Chicago and Arizona in addition to here in Savannah as well as ceramic heaters in times of cold weather.
For additional information call (912) 233-2876.