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Daily News - 26 September 1998

Help for La Romana
Bibi Leon, a Casa de Campo resident, is one of the heads of a relief effort, the Committee Pro Reconstruction of La Romana, that is reaching out to the most affected barrios in La Romana. Donations of money can be made through the Dominican American Assistance Fund, Inc. (DAAF), a non-for-profit corporation recognized by the United States Internal Revenue Services as an institution that can receive tax deductible contributions, based in Washington, D. C. Created by Dr. Luís Heredia Bonetti, of the Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti law firm of Santo Domingo, the DAAF has been supporting educational, health and pro-women activities in the DR for more than 15 years and is now helping with the drive to help La Romana victims of the hurricane. You can find more information about this effort and the DAAF by contacting Dr. Luis Heredia Bonetti at [email protected]
 
This effort goes directly to La Romana when the checks that should be made out to the Dominican American Assistance Fund, Inc. specify that the money is for the Committee Pro Reconstruction of La Romana (Bibi Leon).

Help for Cotui
We are two Peace Corps volunteers who are doing a fundraising initiative for the city of Cotuí. Please, check out the site: www.geocities.com/TheTropics/1491

Former Dodgers player helps from California
The Manny Mota International Foundation is
holding an Emergency Relief (support) Drive for victims affected by Hurricane George in
the Dominican Republic.
The Manny Mota International Foundation is asking for the public's assistance by asking for donations of can foods, baby foods, dry goods, medicine, flashlights, matches, candles, hammers, nails and
blankets. Monetary donations are also welcomed.
For more than 30 years, L.A. Dodgers Coach Manny Mota and his wife Margarita have provided compassionate, continuos emergency food and free medicine to the most needy in the United States and the Dominican Republic, the Mota Family homeland.
As part of the Foundations efforts an initial three 40 foot containers, filled with food, water, clothes and construction materials, are scheduled to depart on Tuesday, October 13, from the port of Long Beach, California
to the Dominican Republic.
Drop Off Sites :
Rolo Transportation Co.
9935 E. Beverly Blvd.
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
(562) 463-1440
Mon-Sat 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Vallejo Drive Seventh day Adventist Church
300 Vallejo Drive
Glendale, CA 91206
(818) 246-2476
Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contributions made to date have come from local Dominican residents, the people of Los Angeles, local businesses, friends of the Foundation, Corporations like Nestle, Coca Cola, Home Depot, Costco Wholesale, Oscar de la Hoya Foundation, and Los Angeles Dodgers.
For monetary donations please make checks payable to :
Manny Mota International Foundation
4118 Ocean View Blvd
Montrose, CA 91020
For additional information please contact Cecilia Mota at the Manny Mota
Foundation at (818) 957-0384. e-mail : [email protected]

Dental foundation helps victims of Georges
"La Fundacion Para La Prevention y La Salud Bucal De Los Niños", (The Foundation for Disease Prevention and Children's Dental Health) was established by Elina Katsman, a Canadian dental hygienist and president
of the foundation. We became legally registered, in the Dominican Republic, as a non-profit organization in 1991. At present, the foundation manages 6 fully equipped dental clinics (Clinicas "Sonrisas") in five
cities and 4 mobile clinics for work in isolated areas.
Our main objective is to provide free dental care to children of low- income families and care to adults at reduced rates. Our education department manages projects aimed at children and women on various health
topics such as dental health, illness & disease prevention, nutrition, family planing, and breast-feeding. We are currently expecting a shipment of buses that will be converted into additional mobile clinics.
We receive donations, of mostly dental materials, from various private sources, in Canada and funding from many local sources, and embassies here in the Dominican Republic for running our clinics.
The size of our operation and our closeness to the Dominican community make us good candidates for distributing aid to the victims of this latest natural disaster. Our clinics will act as distribution centers but
we also have vehicles that Would guarantee delivery to victims in more isolated areas.
In many cases people have lost their entire homes and belongings. Basic donations of nonperishable foods, cloths, and home-wheres are needed but Cash donations are also essential to cover hidden costs such as fuel for
distribution and shipping.
Cash donations may be made directly to the foundation's bank account at:
Citi Bank, #1 J.F. Kennedy Ave.
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Account #005 9403-011.
 
Elina Katsman
President
Sonrisas
Garet Kopeschny
Project Coordinator
Sonrisas
"Sonrisas I"
Calle Patricia-I #26
Residencial Patricia I, Herrera
Santo Domingo, DN
Dominican Republic
E-mail: [email protected]

Relief Supplies/Punta Cana
Posted By: Tom <[email protected]>
Wednesday, 7 October 1998, at 1:33 p.m.
 
MIAMI, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to aid individuals who were impacted by Hurricane Georges, LanChile Airlines offered its services by providing free air transportation for needed supplies to the Dominican Republic.
This week some 21,000 pounds of food were transported from Miami to the stricken area aboard LanChile's two weekly flights to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
The food was donated by the Hurricane Georges Fund that was established by Senator Jose Hazim of the Dominican Republic. The local Dominican Republic Archdiocese is coordinating the distribution of the food to the most affected residents located in and around the City of San Pedro de Macoris.
For additional information, contact LanChile Airlines reservations toll free at (888) 657-7666.

Donations from Canada
Posted By: jim c. <[email protected]>
Saturday, 3 October 1998, at 2:05 p.m.
 
Want to send cash that will get to the poorest of the poor? Try...
Careforce International 945 Syscon road, Burlington, Ontario, Canada L7L 5S3 [email protected]
They work in a Barrio east of Santo Domingo called Los Alcarrizo. I know they need help there.

Aid for victims of Hurricane Georges from Switzerland
Posted By: Isabel Cretton <[email protected]>
Tuesday, 6 October 1998, at 2:08 p.m.
 
The Dominican Republic Honorary Consulate in Geneva, Switzerland has started a drive to collect canned foo,
medicines, clothing and money.We are having a kermesse on the 17th october where a few paintings from Ivan
Martinez y Villegas, donated by him, will be auctioned amongst other things, we will have bnative food, dominican and latin american artists. All donations will be sent to the International Federation of Red Cross / Red Crescent Societies- Regional Delegation in Santo Domingo who will be in charge of its distribution together with the Dominican Red Cross.There is a special Federation bank account in Geneva at UBS bank Union de Banque Suisses Compte No. 364500- mention: for victims Hurricane Georges - Dominican Republic.

Re: Anyone on this board who works for Allegro Resorts?
Posted By: Lilian <[email protected]>
Monday, 5 October 1998, at 10:31 a.m.
 
I have the name of the the person to contact at Allegro. I am waiting for a reply on routing contributions from here.
But you can contact her personally. Her E-mail is [email protected] Contributions so far can be sent to Allegro Resorts (attention: Mrs. Raquel Vicente) #33 Av. Tiradentes, Santo Domingo.

How to help in Toronto?
Posted By: Lynne <[email protected]>
Friday, 2 October 1998, at 1:01 p.m.
 
"The Canadian Red Cross" - 416-480-2500. Cash donations, on the cheque put re: "Dominican Republic Relief Fund".
 
"Dominican Republic Tourisum Office", 35 Church St. Unit # 35, 416-361-2126. Donations can be taken there and the office will be open for the next three Saturdays from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Cash donations can be made at any "C.I.B.C bank", # 22-36-111

La Romana Relief Fund
Posted By: Lynn & Bill Kargman <[email protected]>
Friday, 2 October 1998, at 10:29 p.m.
 
The La Romana Relief Fund urgently needs US$12,000 for a generator. 7000 homeless people in refugee centers have no energy to pump water, cook food, flush toilets to avoid health problems.
Please help today! Send a contribution immediately to Northern Trust Bank of Fla.in Miami Beach (specifice Bank
address not made available to me at this time. Attn: Ophelia Fernandez and Bibi Leon are personally
managing the relief effort for the government of La Romana. Casa de Campo neighbors -- we need to help our friends. Please join us in raising this money.
 
The bank's main address is:
Northern Trust Bank of Florida
700 Brickell Av.
Miami, FL 33131
(305)372-1000
 
Additional branches are in Coral Gables, Aventura and Key Biscayne. All of these are cities within a 30 minutes range of Miami.
 
Northern Trust Bank
595 Biltmore Way
Coral Gables, Fl 33134
(305) 529-7723
 
Northern Trust Bank of Florida
Aventura Blvd
Miami, Fl 33180
(305) 931-2230
 
Northern Trust Bank of Florida
328 Crandon Blvd
Key Biscayne, Fl 33149
(305) 365-2000

School has money for Hurricane victims
Posted By: Charles Blackwell <[email protected]>
Saturday, 3 October 1998, at 12:30 p.m.
 
My school is called St. George's and we have raised £1000 sterling (so far) to assist with the reconstruction of a school which we understand to have been washed away by Hurricane Georges. We heard that people were sheltering in the school and would like to make contact.
 
We are also on an island: Jersey in the Channel Islands, UK. Can anyone help to put us in touch? My email
is:[email protected] Or you can tel: +44 1534 485064

How to help from the UK
Posted By: annette <[email protected]>
Wednesday, 30 September 1998, at 8:25 a.m.
 
Just a quick message to all the people reading this in the UK, who would like to make a donation towards the relief
efforts in th DR. The British Red Cross has set up a Hurricane Relief fund...cheques should be made payable to The British Red Cross and sent to the following address:
 
The British Red Cross National Headquarters, Caribbean Hurricane Fund, FREEPOST, London, SW1X 7BR.
Credit card donations can be made on the following number : 01712015041
 
Thanks to Susan Stump, of the Red Cross, for sending me this info.

Dominican Embassy in Washington, D.C. Georges fund
The Dominican Embassy in Washington, D. C. and the office of the Dominican ambassador to the Organization of American States are channelling funds to the DR through the American Red Cross that is working in coordination with the Dominican Red Cross. The Embassy requests that donations be sent to:
Dominican Republic Embassy
1715 22nd Street
Washington, D.C. 20008
 
Checks, with tax deductible donations, should be made out to the American Red Cross (Dominican Republic Crisis).
 
The Embassy is organizing a Silent Auction benefit thanks to the donation of Dominican art by renown Dominican painters.
 
For more information, contact the Dominican Embassy at [email protected]

Canadian Government & Toronto Ontario Red Cross
Posted By: Lynne <[email protected]>
Friday, 25 September 1998, at 12:50 p.m.
 
The Canadian Government through the Canadian Internatonal Development Agency (CIDA) has sent $200,000.00 to the Dominican Republic. I have talked to Mr. Wael Ivrahim, Manager of International & Emergency Services for the Toronto Area Red Cross and they are excepting donations. Payable to the Red Cross at 1623 Yonge Street, Toronto Ontario M4T 2A1 On your cheque at the memo write re: Dominican Republic Relief Fund. This way you will know that it is going to help those in the Dominican Republic. If you need more information then please call the Red Cross at 416-480-2500. Spread the word as the best advertising is done by word of mouth. "Thank-you" and let us do our part to help, "you" can make a difference!

Help for victims via Red Cross
Posted By: MJ Terc <[email protected]>
Friday, 25 September 1998, at 4:27 p.m.
 
I spoke to Lisa Reeves Manager of Donor Communications and was instructed to tell all persons interested in donating money only to the disaster victims of Hurricane George in the D.R. to call the following: 1-800-HELP NOW or 1-800-435-7669 and you will get the Red Cross automated phone system, you should then go to International Disaster Relief Fund and you CAN ( and must) specify for the Disaster Relief Fund for Hurricane George for the Dominican Republic. They can take several forms of payment including credit cards. The Red Cross will NOT accept clothing, food or medicines as donations only money. Money is more urgently needed now so people can buy medicines, food and clothes with a system of vouchers that the Red Cross issues to the people in need in the Dominican Republic.

Canadian Embassy assisting donors for Hurricane Georges victims
The Canadian Embassy in the Dominican Republic is assisting private donors in their efforts to provide relief for victims of Hurricane Georges in the Dominican Republic.
Items badly needed include food, medicine, clothing, furniture and building materials.
The embassy will be monitoring relief programs in the country in order to advise and otherwise assist in the channeling and distribution of donations.
Any requests for this type of assistance should be directed to:
 
Santo Domingo
The Canadian Embassy
Pierre Giroux, Charge d'Affaires
The Canadian Embassy, Santo Domingo
Tel. 1-809-685-1136
Fax 1 809-682-2691
Email: [email protected]

Sammy Sosa to help with aid efforts
Sammy Sosa Foundation is helping with the recovery of the DR. Contributions and donations to the DR can be sent to the Chicago Cubs at the Wrigley Field Stadium, Tel. 773-404-2827. Dominican ball players in the Major Leagues have announced their intention to pool efforts to encourage Americans to send donations to Hurricane Georges refuges in the DR.
 
The Sosa Foundation will ship more than 80,000 pounds of goods to the Dominican Republic, the Caribbean island nation that has been devastated by the effects of Hurricane Georges. With the help of a donated UPS aircraft, the Foundation will send emergency food and supplies to the Chicago Cubs star's native country.
 
The Sosa Foundation, which was established to benefit the people of the Dominican Republic, has purchased more
than 60,000 pounds of rice and beans and 20,000 pounds of bottled water to aid the country's ongoing relief efforts. The goods will be expressed from Miami International Airport this afternoon on a UPS 757 for delivery in Santo Domingo later in the day.
 
"I live in the two most wonderful countries in the world and cannot imagine the United States not lending a helping hand in this Dominican crisis," said Sammy Sosa. "With UPS's help and the good work of the people who run the Foundation, we are able to ship the badly needed food and water quickly and directly to where it is most essential."
 
Over the years, UPS has been part of several global relief efforts. UPS's employees in The Americas region, which includes the Dominican Republic, urged the company to help The Sosa Foundation with this mission.
 
"When we became aware that the only thing holding back Sammy Sosa's Foundation from its mission was the
transportation, UPS felt compelled to step up to the plate," said Jim Kelly, chairman and CEO of UPS.
 
The estimated damage in the Caribbean from Hurricane Georges exceeds $2 billion, and nearly all of the country's
food crops have been destroyed. Furthermore, the devastation of homes and shelters have left more than 100,000
residents of the Dominican Republic homeless.
 
The Sosa Foundation was formed by Sammy Sosa and three charter directors in October 1997. With the intent to
provide children of the Dominican Republic with computers, reading materials and proper medical care, The
Foundation was incorporated on June 1, 1998. For the time being, the current focus of The Sosa Foundation has
shifted to providing hurricane relief to the Dominican Republic.
 
UPS, the world's largest package delivery company, employs 329,400 employees worldwide. UPS provides services to more than 200 countries and territories, and had revenues of US$22.5 billion last year. The company operates 218 aircraft and charters an additional 302.
 
Photo of UPS Chairman & CEO Jim Kelly and Cubs' Sammy Sosa can be accessed at Business Wire's Home Page - www.businesswire.com

Central Romana Sugar Company work force to help reconstruction
NEW YORK, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Alfonso and Jose "Pepe" Fanjul, chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of Central Romana Sugar Company, announced today that the company has committed its entire 20,000 person workforce to spearhead the cleanup of damage caused by Hurricane Georges in the country. They are focused on the restoration of services in the Romana Province of the Dominican Republic where the company's sugar fields and factories are
located.
 
While the damage to the firm's cane fields and refineries was not considered crippling, there has been extensive damage to roads, housing, hospitals and all power is out. Therefore, the company has suspended all commercial work and marshaled this large force to lead in the restoration of services to this hard hit area. Field kitchens are being set up and the primary focus is on the clearing of roadways and repair to dwellings.
 
Jose "Pepe" Fanjul said, "We are blessed with a wonderful labor force of intelligent, and hard-working individuals.
Casualties due to the hurricane have been minimal and we are grateful to be in a position to muster this large group
and to help restore this part of the country to some form of normal living conditions."
 
Alfonso Fanjul added, "Communications are difficult because the only telephones that work are two hours away in
Santo Domingo. But from what we can learn our people are effectively making progress. We will release more
information as it becomes available."

Help from Dominicans in NYC
Posted By: Tom <[email protected]>
Saturday, 26 September 1998, at 5:55 p.m.
 
NEW YORK (AP) -- Thousands of miles from their devastated homelands, New York's Caribbean immigrants frantically placed phone calls and collected supplies Saturday to aid victims of Hurricane Georges.
 
Churches, civic groups and even a livery cab drivers' association stockpiled bottled water, canned food, blankets and medicine to ship to the islands pounded by torrential rain and winds up to 110 mph.
 
The Caribbean death toll topped 300 Saturday, many of New York's Puerto Ricans, Dominican-Americans, Haitian-Americans and Cuban-Americans fretted about damaged telephone lines that kept them from speaking to
friends and relatives.
 
"They're worried, they're devastated, a lot of people, because they can't find out what has happened, if their houses are still there,'' said Sonia Frias, who was trying to reach relatives in Puerto Rico.
 
In Washington Heights, where many of New York's roughly half-million Dominican immigrants live, more than 1,000 livery cab drivers loaded their cars with canned goods, rice and bottled water. Then they drove caravan-style to Kennedy International Airport to deliver the supplies to a jet bound for the Dominican Republic.
 
Many of the goods were collected in street drives by immigrants desperate to help.
 
"We're probably one of the poorest communities in the United States, but we dig in deep, we take from our table to send back home,'' said Fernando Mateo, a businessman who organized the so-called "Million Can Caravan.''
 
Haitian-Americans, often forced to deal long-distance with political and economic crises at home, were reaching out as best they could to friends and family in their impoverished island nation.
 
"The money transfer agencies have been working overtime,'' said Kim Ives, a reporter with the Haiti- and Brooklyn-based Haiti Progres newspaper. "It's a source of real anxiety in the whole community here.''
 
It is possible a new effort to collect donations for the DR will be carried out by the Dominican Consulate in NY. For information, contact Dominican Consulate (212) 764-3539 (Consul, Bienvenido Perez)

GTE Donates $100,000
Posted By: Tom <[email protected]>
Friday, 25 September 1998, at 2:00 p.m.
 
Subj: GTE Donates $100,000 for Hurricane Relief Effort
 
GTE Donates $100,000 for Hurricane Relief Effort in Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic
 
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 25, 1998--The GTE Foundation today announced it is donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross to aid relief efforts in those areas of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic damaged by Hurricane Georges.
 
GTE owns and operates CODETEL, the Dominican Republic's largest telecommunications company and is in the
process of acquiring a controlling stake in the Puerto Rico Telephone Company (PRTC). Each country will receive
$50,000.
 
"This devastating storm has left thousands in need of support," said Michael T. Masin, GTE vice chairman and
president - International. "We know this contribution will be put to good use by the Red Cross to enable the people of these islands to clean up as quickly as possible and return to their normal lives."
 
Jennifer Dunlap, vice president of the American Red Cross, said, "The American Red Cross is very appreciative of GTE's support of our efforts to help people recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Georges. This gift will help the Red Cross to provide comfort to the families and communities who have been struck so hard by this disaster."
 
The funds will be used to help provide health services, food and beverages, blankets, personal hygiene items and other supplies. To date, 11 people are dead and nearly 30,000 people in Puerto Rico have been left homeless by the storm; that figure is expected to rise to more than 50,000. In the Dominican Republic, 250 people are dead and at least 100,000 are homeless. Widespread water and electricity outages are being reported on both islands.
 
"Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this disaster," Masin said. "GTE and its employees care very much about the communities in which we operate, and we are committed to doing everything possible to ease the effects of this devastating storm."
 
Ranking among the country's top corporate foundations in annual contributions, the GTE Foundation in 1998 will
provide more than $27 million in financial support to educational and charitable organizations in the United States
and its possessions on behalf of GTE and its subsidiaries.
 
With 1997 revenues of more than $23 billion, GTE is one of the world's largest telecommunications companies and a leading provider of integrated telecommunications services.
 
Editors Note: All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. To help the victims of this and other disasters, contributions can be made to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund by calling 800/HELP NOW or 800/257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online credit card contribution by visiting http://www.redcross.org. For more information about the American Red Cross, please call Ann Andrews at 703/206-7801.
 
CONTACT:
 
GTE
Liz Brannan, 972/453-6735 or Sharon Cohen-Hagar, 972/507-5365

Would you like to help the victims?
Posted By: grisel araujo <[email protected]>
Sunday, 27 September 1998, at 2:42 a.m.
 
Please bring or mail can foods, clothing, medicine, etc. to Camara de Comerciantes Dominicanos at 903 Summit ave. Union City, NJ., 07087, every little bit counts. Also if you would like to volunteer please come by we can use your helping hand.

Dominican Government:
How to Handle your Donations to the Dominican Republic?
For monetary contributions, please send it to:
Cuenta de la Presidencia de la República Dominicana
Fondo de Ayuda a los Damnificados del Huracán Georges
Banco de Reservas de la República
Cta. #240-004383-8
 
In a form of goods (medicines, clothing, food, etc.), please send it
to:
Sr. Simón Lizardo, Secretario Administrativo de la Presidencia
Atención: Sr. Juan Martínez, Subsecretario Administrativo de la
Presidencia
Secretaría Administrativa de la Presidencia de la República Dominicana
Programa de Ayuda a los Damnificados del Huracán Georges
C/O Cruz Roja Dominicana,
Sr. Angel Almánzar, Director General
 
Note: Please ship it to any of the following ports:
Airports: Las Américas International Airport in Santo Domingo or
San Isidro Air Force Base;
Seaports: Port of Haina or Port of Puerto Plata.
 
If you want to send your contribution within the United States or
anywhere outside of the Dominican Republic....
 
For monetary contributions, please write checks to ?
Damnificados Huracán Georges?.
 
For tax-exempt contributions, please write checks to
American Red Cross?, specifying the concept ?Dominican Republic Crisis?.
 
In either case, mail them to:
Dominican Republic Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Ambassador Bernardo Vega
1715 22nd St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
Telf. 202-332-9118 xt. 242 Fax. 202-265-8057
 
Note: If you would like to use your credit card, please do so by calling
the International Red Cross, specifying that you donation is to be used for
the Dominican Republic Crisis?, at 1-800- help now (English) or
1-800-257-7575 (Spanish).
 
In a form of goods, please contact your local Red Cross, specifying that
it needs to be sent to the Dominican Republic.
 
If you would like our Office to follow up on your donation, please
forward us a copy of the airway bill of bill of landing (including packing list)
to our fax number 809-683-6641 or let us know by e-mail
at: Dominican Republic Office for the Promotion of Investment at [email protected] Please do not hesitate to give us a call at 809-683-6633, if you have any questions.

To help San Jose de Ocoa:
Asociacion para el Desarrollod e San Jose de Ocoa. Priest Luis Quinn. Tel. (809) 558-3059 and Fax (809) 558-2168. This mountain area suffered damages in agriculture, and an estimated 2,000 people are homeless. In Santo Domingo, contact Fundacion Tony Isa, by calling Dr. Rafael Isa at (809) 684-1772 or Dario Pujos at (809) 530-4889.

To Help from Wash DC/Baltimore
Posted By: Yasmeen <[email protected]>
Monday, 28 September 1998, at 11:38 a.m.
 
The Consulate of the DR is seeking volunteers to help in a drive to collect items needed as a result of damages
incurred during Hurricane George. The following items are needed: bottled water, batteries, light blankets and canned food. Also, volunteers are needed to answer phone calls etc. Please call (410) 719 8788
 
Items can be taken to Mt. St. Joseph Boys' Catholic H.S. at 4403 Frederick Rd. in Catonsville/Baltimore (border). Take Rt. 695, Exit 13.

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