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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance rushing help to Haiti

February 15, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) has staff on the ground in Haiti and has already issued $209,000 to provide immediate emergency support to earthquake survivors, including food, water, sanitation equipment, and supplies. PDA is accepting donations to provide both immediate and long-term disaster relief to the people of Haiti. Donations can be made online, by phone or by mail:

  • PDA Web site
  • (800) 872-3283, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (EST) weekdays
  • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.

“Haiti has been devastated,” said Randy Ackley, PDA coordinator. “The people there need help now and we are rushing in assistance. However, they will also need help for many months and years to come. Recovery from a disaster such as this is not rapid or easy. We want to be there to help over the long term.”

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, in operation since 1946, works with ecumenical and international partners to provide humanitarian relief such as providing food, water, shelter, emotional support, and trauma recovery. PDA provides impartial assistance based on need, without regard to religion, ethnicity, or political affiliation, and does not proselytize. The organization specializes in long-term recovery and relief efforts.

PDA is a ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which comprises 2.2 million members in more than 10,000 congregations, answering Christ’s call to mission and ministry throughout the United States and the world.

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