Leading a group of Utica, NY businesses, Meyda Tiffany is joining with Feed The Children to help the children and families whose lives have been turned upside down by Hurricane Katrina. The group, comprising of Meyda Tiffany, Lightning Fast Freight, Granny's Kitchens, East Coast Olive Oil, Casa Imports, and St. Elizabeth's Hospital, is collecting supplies, including ready-to-eat food, bottled water, work gloves, trash bags and other emergency relief supplies to aid Feed The Children in its relief efforts. Supply donations may be dropped off at the 48-Foot Trailer Trucker at Meyda Tiffany, One Meyda Fine Place, 55 Oriskany Boulevard in Yorkville, New York, and will continue to provide as many trucks as needed, as long as community members continue to donate supplies. For more information, call Meyda Tiffany at 1.800.222.4009.
"Hurricane Katrina is the worst natural disaster ever to hit the United States," said Larry Jones, president and co-founder of Feed The Children. "We are so grateful to Meyda Tiffany and this group of Utica, NY businesses for coming together to reach out to help their fellow Americans. It will take all of us working together to get the children and families in the affected areas back to a normal life."
"The people of the central upstate New York area are generous people," explains Robert Cohen, President of Meyda Tiffany, the nation's leading manufacturer of Tiffany lamps and decorative lighting. "Our community proves its generosity and shows it cares time and time again, while setting fundraising records with the Heart Walk for the American Heart Association, its 9/11 relief efforts, and other worthwhile causes.
"People are racing over to our parking lot with shopping bags and boxes of food, bottle water and personal care items, by the dozens," continues Mr. Cohen. "We have one trailer in our parking lot now, with plans for loading and sending as many additional trucks as we can, over the next few months."
Three Feed The Children trucks are already en route to Mississippi and Louisiana, where local relief organizations will distribute the supplies to those most in need. Additional truckloads of emergency supplies are being loaded and will be sent as soon as possible.
Another way to be a part of Feed The Children's efforts is to visit www.feedthechildren.org or call 800-525-7575 to make a monetary donation to go straight to the hurricane victims.
Founded in 1979 by Larry and Frances Jones, Feed The Children is the 9th largest international charity in the U.S., based on private, non-government support. The mission of Feed The Children is to deliver food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty or natural disaster. In FY 2004, Feed The Children shipped more than 143 million pounds of food and other essentials to children and their families in all 50 states and internationally, supplementing more than 1,040,700 meals each day. Since its founding, the organization has reached out to help those in need in more than 115 countries around the globe. For more information, please visit www.feedthechildren.org.
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