Savannah Responds activated to help Haitians

By Lynda Figueredo - bioemail

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – In response to outcry for help in Haiti, Chatham County commissioners gathered to announce the activation of Savannah Responds.

County Commissioners and several city mayors met around the Haitian monument Friday to announce their plan to begin "Savannah Responds."

They will be collecting supplies for the Haitian earthquake victims.

Savannah Responds is an organization started in the 1960's by Chatham County Commission chairman Pete Liakakis.

Savannah Responds has helped thousands of disaster victims over the years, but helping the Haitians holds special meaning to the City of Savannah.

"The Haitian soldiers that came to Savannah to fight for freedom against the British empire, many of them died here," said Chairman Liakakis. "So I think we thank them. Here is a way we can do things to help them out of their suffering."

The Savannah responds drop off location will be located in a vacant lot on the North East corner of Mall Boulevard and Abercorn Street.

Collections will be taken from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, seven days per week starting this Saturday and will continue through the end of January.

Donations of food supplies, medical supplies and tools are needed.

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