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					                                    MIAMI-DADE COUNTY COMMISSIONER
                                     BARBARA J. JORDAN, VICE CHAIRWOMAN
                                                              DISTRICT 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                               MEDIA CONTACT: Alexis Snyder
September 16, 2008                                                                                                  305-375-5694


                                   MIAMI-DADE COUNTY LAUNCHES
                                 CARIBBEAN HURRICANE RELIEF DRIVE
(MIAMI, September 16, 2008) – Compelled by the reports of nations in the Caribbean affected by Hurricanes Fay, Gustav, Hanna and
Ike, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan authored a resolution to establish a Hurricane Relief Drive for the people of
the Caribbean. Supported by fellow Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson, the item passed successfully during the September 16,
2008, Board of County Commissioners meeting. The Hurricane Relief Drive runs through October 17, 2008.

“My heart breaks when I hear about the devastation caused by the four back-to-back hurricanes in the Caribbean,” said Commissioner
Jordan of her decision to author the resolution. “We could not turn our backs on their plight. I am grateful to Mayor Carlos Alvarez and
to the Miami-Dade County Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security for getting behind this effort and
coordinating the collection of supplies.”

“I urge the community to get behind this effort,” added Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson. “It is a matter of humanity and love for our
fellowman.”

Residents are being asked to participate by making monetary donations or dropping off water and non-perishable food items at the
following locations:

        Miami-Dade Fire and Police Stations

         Call Miami-Dade’s Answer Center at 3-1-1 or log on to www.miamidade.gov to find the nearest fire or police station.

        Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan
         District Office
         2780 NW 167th Street
         Miami, FL 33056
         (305) 474-3011

        Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson
         District Office
         Caleb Center
         5400 NW 22nd Avenue, Suite 701
         Miami, FL 33142
         (305) 636-2331

People wanting to make monetary donations may do so to the following charity organizations. Please reference Miami-Dade County
Hurricane Relief Drive in the memo section of checks.

        American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund
                                      VICE CHAIRWOMAN BARBARA J. JORDAN
                                                     Stephen P. Clark Center
                                         111 NW 1st Street, Suite 220, Miami, Florida 33128
                                                         (305) 375-5694
         P.O. Box 37243
         Washington, DC 20013
         1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish)
         www.redcross.org

         Donors should designate a specific disaster when making a check or credit card donation to the American Red Cross.

        Catholic Charities Storm Aid
         Attention: Gloria Luna
         9401 Biscayne Boulevard
         Miami Shores, FL 33138
         (305) 762-3006
         www.ccadm.org

         Only checks are being accepted. See attached flyer for more information, including churches accepting water, non-perishable
         food items and clothing.

        Food For The Poor
         6401 Lyons Road
         Department 9662
         Coconut Creek, FL 33073
          (954) 427-2222
         www.foodforthepoor.org/hurricane

        Also accepting canned food, especially canned meat and fish, and dried beans.

        Operation Helping Hands
         c/o United Way of Miami-Dade
         P.O. Box # 459007
         Miami, FL 33245-9007
         (305) 646-7129
         www.unitedwaymiami.org/iwant2help_contribute.asp

        World Vision
         Attention: Haiti Relief
         7220 NW 36th Street, Suite 228
         Miami, FL 33166
         1-888-511-6400 (English)
         1-888-511-6404 (Spanish)
         www.firstgiving.com/HaitiRelief

         Donors should designate Haiti Relief when making a check or credit card donation to World Vision.

        Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
         1300 Biscayne Boulevard
         Miami, FL 33132
         (305) 949-6722

         The public is invited to drop off donations of water or non-perishable food items on performance days through October 17,
         beginning one hour before curtain. Visit www.arshtcenter.org for a schedule of performances.

For more information, call Miami-Dade’s Answer Center at 3-1-1 or log on to www.miamidade.gov.
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                                        VICE CHAIRWOMAN BARBARA J. JORDAN
                                                    Stephen P. Clark Center
                                        111 NW 1st Street, Suite 220, Miami, Florida 33128
                                                        (305) 375-5694

				
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