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Helping Haiti Telethon Till 7pm Tonight

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Friday, January 15, 2010 – The Greater Rochester community pledged more than $65,000 by 10 am today through the Helping Haiti telethon at the Greater Rochester Red Cross. Phone lines opened at 6 am when WROC TV 8 kicked off day two of the fund raiser to help the 3 million people impacted by the earthquake in Port-au-Prince.“The local community has really come through for the people of Haiti and the American Red Cross,” said John Buttrill, CEO of the Finger Lakes Region of the American Red Cross. “Their support is helping the hundreds of thousands of people now homeless receive food, water, medical supplies and emotional support.”The American Red Cross warehouse in Panama has been emptied of its supplies of kitchen sets, blankets and water containers. Two Red Cross planes have arrived in Port-au-Prince carrying 80 tons of supplies mainly medical items, including specialized kits to help treat the wounded, basic medications and chlorine for water treatment.All of the donations made to the International Response Fund will go to Haiti to provide these additional emergency services and supplies. For an international response, a monetary gift is the best way to help those in need receive food, water, temporary shelter, and medical services.HOW TO HELP· Call 585-241-4417 to make a credit card donation by phone.· Send a check payable to:American Red Cross International Response FundP.O. Box 14390Rochester, NY 14614-0390People trying to locate U.S. citizens living or traveling in Haiti should contact the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services, at 1-888-407-4747 or (202) 647-5225.International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is helping reconnect separated families in Haiti through a special web site http://www.icrc.org/familylinks which enables people in Haiti and outside the country to search for and register the names of relatives missing since the earthquake. In the first twenty-four hours, more than 6,000 people have been registered.For more information please contact Melanie Barnas-Simmons, Gifts Manager for the Finger Lakes Region of the American Red Cross at simmonsn@grcarc.org or by calling 585-315-4718.

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