Gov. Cuomo, Consulate General of Haiti announce Hurricane Matthew donations headed for Haiti

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Governor Andrew Cuomo and Consul General Peter Helder Bernard, Esq. of the Consulate General of Haiti, announced food, water, medical supplies and other donations from New Yorkers will be delivered to assist those devastated by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti on Thursday.

The donations include more than 30,000 pounds of 60 pallets of food, water, hygiene products, medical supplies and clothing. Items will be transferred from the New York State Office of General Services warehouse in Brentwood by truck and rail to Florida, and then shipped to Haiti by the Consulate.

“Haiti is still struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew and I am proud New Yorkers opened their hearts and donated these much needed supplies to support this nation’s recovery efforts,” Governor Cuomo said. “New Yorkers always help their neighbors in need, whether they are next door or around the globe.”

Hurricane Matthew was a Category 4 storm when it hit the southwestern portion of Haiti on Oct. 4, 2016. Its heavy rain and high winds severely damaged the country, its people and its land.

According to the Consulate General of Haiti in New York, the storm left nearly 500 people dead, approximately 150,000 homeless, and more than a million severely struggling for the means to survive.

The Haitian Consulate and the Governor’s office worked together to help manage logistics for community donations. The New York National Guard picked up the collected items at more than 25 state office locations throughout the State and delivered them to State warehouse locations in Albany and Brentwood.

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