Martin C. Evans

Garden City Marine helping with Haiti

In Uncategorized on January 16, 2010 at 1:47 pm

A member of a Marine unit based in Garden City is helping the Uniondale Fire Department organize a relief drive for Haiti.

The fire department is collecting bottled water, blankets, medical supplies such as medical tape, alcohol pads and hydrogen peroxide, toiletries and hygienic supplies, diapers, baby wipes, baby formula, pre-paid phone cards, and canned and dried goods, said Jason Ferris, who is an active-duty sergeant with the 1st Marine Corps District Headquarters.

Ferris, a volunteer firefighter with the Uniondale department, said members are particularly eager to rush aid to the stricken country because of Uniondale’s large Haitian-American population.

Members of the fire department, including Assistant First Chief Jean Laurent, were born in Haiti.

“We want to do anything we can to help those in need, from collecting donations to being ready to go and assist in the rescue and recovery effort,” Laurent said in a press release.

People who want to donate may drop off supplies at the Sherman Van Ness Fire Station, 154 Uniondale Ave., between noon and 6 pm today and tomorrow.

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