In an unprecedented show of support for the Haitian victims of Hurricane Matthew, Mark Meyer Appel, founder of The Bridge Multicultural and Advocacy Project in collaboration with The Consulate General of Haiti in NY initiated a massive local movement for emergency relief donations of much needed supplies for Haiti.
And Haitian Consul General Peter Helder Bernard, Esq. was on hand at the Bridge headquarters, 1894 Flatbush Avenue, last week to thank both Appel and the community at large for giving to help the country’s people in need.
“Hurricane Matthew caused much devastation in so many areas of the country and the outpouring of aid from the people of New York is so great, It is an honor to personally thank you all for your generosity and support for our brothers and sisters in Haiti. Haiti loves New York,” said Bernard.
Bernard spoke surrounded by boxes of medial supplies, soap, clothing, and personal hygiene products which community members donated to support the Hurricane Mathew Relief Mission.
Among those community organizations in attendance included HABNET, Haitian American Caucus, United Jewish Community, The New York Rescue Response Team, MIPO, Yemenite American Association, and The American Council of Minority Women.
Also in attendance were Assembly Member Helene Weinstein, Rabbi Andre Malek, and Apostle James Duncan – all of whom personally placed non-perishable items into the Haiti bound relief bins.
“When the people in Haiti suffer we all suffer. We will continue to work and collaborate with the Consulate General of Haiti on this important mission,” said Appel.
Bernard ensured the community that special precautions are in place to make sure donations can quickly get through customs. “This is the importance of working with the government official on global initiatives,” said Bernard.
Authorized drop-off location sites are still receiving donations around the tri-state area. For a government supported donation center contact: Vice Consul Rose Guerrier at 347.546.5242.
The Bridge MCP is a nonprofit organization created to promote inter-group and intra-group collaboration among diverse communities across New York City and the entire nation.
A program sponsored by the Voice of Justice, the Bridge MCP was formed to address the many serious social issues facing society today. The organization aims to unite and energize the skills of every racial, ethnic, cultural and religious group across NYC and the United States to respond to these very important issues. For more information, visit www.thebridgemcp.com.
The event was also captured for YouTube and can be watched below: