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NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA Readies Aid for Hurricane Sandy Relief in Cuba and Haiti

By • Oct 27th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OPERATION USA TO AID HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF EFFORTS IN CUBA AND HAITI

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 27, 2012)—Los Angeles-based International relief agency Operation USA announced today that it will provide emergency aid to Cuba and Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

While Jamaica, Cuba and the Bahamas took direct hits from the storm, the majority of deaths and most extensive damage was in impoverished Haiti, where it has rained almost non-stop since Tuesday. The storm hit eastern Cuba as a Category 2 hurricane early Thursday. The storm is on course to hit large parts of Eastern United States next week.

Operation USA will focus its efforts in Cuba on providing access to safe water, alongside support for long-time hospital and clinic partners. Operation USA will focus relief efforts in Haiti in the city of Jacmel—where the agency rebuilt a large public school in partnership with Honeywell, which opened in 2011. Operation USA staff in Haiti are assessing shelter, safe water, food and other needs.

HOW TO HELP: 


Donate online at www.opusa.org, by phone at 1.800.678.7255 or, by check made out to Operation USA, 7421 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036. Text AID to 50555 and donate $10 to Operation USA’s disaster relief efforts.

Corporate donations of bulk quantities of disaster-appropriate supplies are also being requested. United and Continental air miles can also be donated to Operation USA through United Airlines Charity Miles program at www.united.com.

About Operation USA
Operation USA is an international relief agency that helps communities at home and abroad overcome the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty by providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction and development aid. Since 1979, the Los Angeles-based Operation USA has worked in 100 countries, delivering over $375 million for relief and development projects.

Learn more and make secure donations at www.opusa.org.

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Media Contact:

Alison Deknatel
Director of Communications
Operation USA
323.413.2353
adeknatel@www.opusa.org

Richard Walden
President & CEO
Operation USA
323.413.2353
rwalden@www.opusa.org