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NEWS RELEASE: Additional Air Shipments For Haiti/Text Donation Service Now Live

Jan 25th, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OPERATION USA SENDS ADDITIONAL AIR SHIPMENTS OF MEDICAL SUPPLIES TO HAITI

ADDS TEXT-TO-GIVE SERVICE
Text AID to 50555 and donate $10 to OpUSA

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 25, 2010)—Los Angeles-based International relief agency Operation USA announced today that its Haiti disaster relief efforts continue with additional air shipments of essential medical aid to post-earthquake Haiti. Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the philanthropic organization of Honeywell, made its business jet available for a second shipment of high-value antibiotics and medical personnel to Port-au-Prince on Saturday. Ball Corporation has offered a chartered plane which will leave Miami loaded with medical personnel and supplies for Port au Prince on Tuesday. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc. has a cargo plane slated to leave this week filled with electric generators and light towers. United Airlines has donated cargo space on a series of shipments; $800,000 of medical supplies has been delivered to date for inclusion.

Additionally, Operation USA has launched a text-to-give program, through Mobile Accord’s mGive Foundation, which enables charities to collect donations and manage campaigns via mobile phones. Donors can text “AID” to 50555 and give $10 to Operation USA’s Haiti relief efforts.

Operation USA’s immediate disaster response has focused on the most pressing medical needs due to the devastation of hospitals and medical facilities. The focus of long-term recovery and rebuilding projects are still to be assessed. Over $1 million in relief supplies have been procured to date, including high-priority medical supplies, water purification chemicals, shelter materials and electric generators. Local partners in Haiti include St. Damien’s Pediatric Hospital/St. Luke’s Schools, L’Athletique d’Haiti, Partners in Health, International Medical Corps and the Hands and Feet Project (Jacmel). Artists for Peace and Justice—among whose ranks include Paul Haggis, Madeline Stowe, Charlize Theron, Maria Bello, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Marcia Cross, Josh Brolin, and many other luminaries—has asked Operation USA to act as its non-profit umbrella for its support of St. Damien’s/St. Luke’s.

Honeywell announced Thursday a $1 million cash commitment to both immediate aid and long-term rebuilding projects in Haiti. Operation USA is one of two organizations that the corporation with work with on these efforts.

HOW TO HELP:
Donate online at www.opusa.org, by phone at 1.800.678.7255 or, by check made out to Operation USA, 3617 Hayden Ave, Suite A, Culver City, CA 90232. Text “AID” to 50555 and donate $10 to OpUSA’s Haiti relief efforts.

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

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 over 99 countries, delivering over $350 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
310.838.3455 or adeknatel@www.opusa.org