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Volunteers quickly outpace donations at LASER’s ‘Operation Haiti Relief’

RELEASE DATE: January 29, 2010

EUSTIS — During its first effort Thursday night to package meals for a Haitian relief effort, Lake And Sumter Emergency Recovery (LASER) and more than 600 volunteers tallied more than 61,140 meals.

“We packaged more than 333 meals per minute last night,” said Michael Tart, Executive Director of LASER. “Volunteers came out in full force and I was extremely pleased. What we are in desperate need of is donations.”

As long as donations do not run out, LASER will continue packaging meals for the Haitian relief effort today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The meals packaged at LASER in Eustis will be delivered by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office to Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport for distribution in Haiti. The meals, which cost about 23 cents apiece, include healthy, vitamin-rich foods, such as rice and soy.

Donations for the Haitian relief effort can be made by sending a check to: Lake And Sumter Emergency Recovery, Inc. (LASER) 27 E. Pinehurst Blvd. Suite B, Eustis, FL 32726. For more information about LASER, call (352) 483-1029 or log on to www.laserfl.com.

Lake County Schools is sponsoring “Kids Helping Kids for Haiti” that is raising funds for packaging meals. With a goal of delivering 45,000 meals to children in Haiti, students are being asked to donate 25 cents at school.

United Southern Bank is also accepting donations for LASER’S Haitian relief effort. Those interested in donating to the effort can visit any of United Southern Bank’s 11 locations.


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