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Eastern Financial Florida CU helping Haiti
MIRAMAR, Fla. (9/15/08)--Eastern Financial Florida CU Thursday launched “Help Haiti Again” to raise money for the many thousands of people whose lives are in danger due to recent hurricanes and devastating floods. Haiti has been hit with four hurricanes this year. Through the month of October, all of the $1.786 billion asset, Miramar, Fla.-based branches are inviting members and employees to make a monetary donation to Food For the Poor, a South Florida-based charity that delivers aid to the island. “This has been a terrible year for the Haitian people whose country is already the poorest in the Western Hemisphere,” said Mark Holmes, Eastern Financial director of marketing. “Many of our members and employees are directly touched by the current crisis because they still have friends and loved ones in the country. So we wanted to do what we could to help out.” During May, the credit union organized a month-long campaign called “Help Haiti Now” to feed starving Haitians who were victims of an island-wide food shortage. Since an average family in Haiti can be fed for $12 per month, the credit union encourages donations in increments of $12. Eastern Financial’s corporate office is collecting all of the checks and mailing them daily. Members also can donate by way of direct account transfer or by going on line to a customized site. Even people who are not members of the credit union are invited to participate by stopping at any of the branches and dropping off a check or by logging on to the website. Food For the Poor feeds destitute families in Haiti and throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America. The World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) does not have affiliated credit unions in Haiti. Haitian credit unions work with Desjardins Group in one of its development programs, WOCCU said. Desjardins said that its staff and credit unions are OK, but it had no news of other credit unions, WOCCU told News Now. The Desjardins Group is the largest association of credit unions in North America located throughout four Canadian provinces, serving 5.8 million members.
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