Mayor Michael B. Coleman, the American Red Cross of Greater Columbus and members from across
Columbus' Media are coming together for a special day-long fundraiser to benefit those in Haiti
following last week's devastating earthquake.
"Columbus Hope for Haiti" will be on Thursday, January 21, from 7:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. at the
Ohio Historical Society parking lot located just off of I-71, at Exit 111.
"When tragedy strikes, Columbus unites in prayer and support for people in trouble, and there
is no doubt that the situation in Haiti demands our attention," said Mayor Michael B.
Coleman. "We are urging everyone to take a few moments to stop by and give what they can to
help hurry aid to Haiti through our partners at the American Red Cross - it could not be easier
than stopping this week at Columbus Hope for Haiti at the Historical Society."
The violent earthquake in Haiti has affected three million people and left thousands
homeless. With the support of Columbus and Central Ohio residents, the Red Cross will make a
difference. Local TV, Radio, and Print personalities, along with government officials and the
American Red Cross, will be on hand to accept cash and check donations all day. Attendees
will stay warm and dry in their cars to donate at the drive-through event. Checks should be made
payable to American Red Cross Haiti Relief.
The American Red Cross is accepting donations now:
Call1-800-HELP NOW or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish).
Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting
www.redcross.org. They can choose to
designate their contribution to the International Response Fund or for the Haiti response
Donors can text "Haiti" to 90999 to send a ten dollar donation to the Red Cross. The funds
will go to support the Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti.
"Columbus and Central Ohio residents are proving, once again, that when disasters strike they
give generously to bring hope to people desperately reaching out for help," commented Michael
Carroll, CEO of the American Red Cross of Greater Columbus. "Working with Red Cross societies
from around the world, we are now bringing relief to thousands in Haiti and will be there until the
recovery is complete."
The events are free and open to the public. Residents are encouraged to stop by any
time on January 21 to meet personalities from these TV, radio and print companies: WBNS 10TV,
NBC 4 WCMH, ABC 6 WSYX, FOX 28 WTTE, WOSU, Clear Channel Columbus, Columbus Radio Group, Radio One,
97.1 The Fan, The Columbus Dispatch, Alive!, ThjsWeek Newspapers, and Fronteras.