City Urging Residents to Support Haitian Relief Efforts

Donations being accepted at City facilities; Locations listed here

The City of West Palm Beach is urging residents to support the Palm Beach County Haitian Relief effort by dropping off nonperishable food items, water and medical supplies at City Center and other City facilities, including Fire Stations and Community Centers.  Donated items will be transported to Haiti by Missionary Flights International. People wishing to make monetary donations should contact the humanitarian relief agency of their choice.

The following are suggested items for donation:  canned foods (with flip-top lids), bottled water, condensed, evaporated and powdered milk, rice and beans in 10 to 20 pound bags, canned pasta meals, garbage liners, crackers, baby food, peanut butter, batteries, flashlights, matches, antibiotic ointment, gauze bandages, medical tape, feminine hygiene products, personal hygiene kits (bar soap, toothbrush/paste and Band-Aids placed in one-gallon Ziplock bags), diapers, toilet paper and hand sanitizer.  If possible, please bring your donations in a cardboard box.

“I encourage everyone to support this relief effort, no matter how big or how small the donation,” said Mayor Lois J. Frankel.  “The people of Haiti and their family and friends here in the United States are in our prayers.”

A complete list of donation drop-off locations and hours of operation can be found at wpb.org.  Residents with questions can also call the City’s 24-hour non-emergency hotline, 561-822-2222.

Donations are being accepted at the following West Palm Beach locations:

City Center, both in the main lobby of City Hall and in the Library’s Urban Living Room.  City Center is located at 401 Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach at the corner of Dixie Highway and Clematis Street.

The City’s eight Fire Stations, which are located throughout the City.  They are located at 500 North Dixie Highway, 4301 South Dixie Highway, 5050 Broadway Avenue, 1718 Parker Avenue, 700 North Congress Avenue, 3033 Cumberland Drive, 8007 Okeechobee Boulevard and 10965 Northlake Boulevard.

There City’s six Community Centers: Coleman Park Community Center, 1116 21st Street; Gaines Park Community Center, 1501 North Australian Avenue; Howard Park Community Center, 1302 Parker Avenue; Pleasant City Community Center, 500 22nd Street; South Olive Park Community Center, 345 Summa Street; and, Vedado Park Community Center, 3710 Paseo Andalusia.

The City’s two Vickers House locations:  811 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard and 3801 Georgia Avenue.

The City Police Department, located at 600 Banyan Boulevard.

The Northwood Youth Empowerment Center, located at 723 39th Street.

The City is undertaking this effort in conjunction with Palm Beach County Haitian Relief, a 501-(c)(3) organization which collects supplies and charters flights to deliver those supplies to Haiti.  P.B County Haitian Relief will coordinate the transportation and the distribution of the donated items.  Partners in this effort include members of Leadership Palm Beach County 2010, the City of Greenacres, the City of Riviera Beach, the City of Boca Raton, the City of Boynton Beach, the City of Delray Beach, the Port of Palm Beach, La Palma, Smart Box, Palm Beach State College and the St. Thomas University Human Rights Institute.