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LASER declares ‘Operation Haiti Relief’ a success

RELEASE DATE: February 2, 2010

EUSTIS — During its three days of packaging meals for a Haitian relief effort on Jan 28-30, Lake And Sumter Emergency Recovery (LASER) recruited more than 1,300 volunteers.

“This was huge success,” said Michael Tart, Executive Director of LASER. “We filled the Lake County Sheriff’s Office tractor-trailer completely with 20 pallets of meals.”

In all, volunteers spent 15,600 hours packaging more than 200,000 meals for distribution in Haiti. The meals, which cost about 23 cents apiece, included healthy, vitamin-rich foods, such as rice and soy.

LASER continues to accept donations for “Operation Haiti Relief.” Donations can be made by sending a check to: Lake And Sumter Emergency Recovery, Inc. (LASER) 27 E. Pinehurst Blvd. Suite B, Eustis, FL 32726. United Southern Bank is also accepting donations for LASER’s relief effort. Those interested in donating to the effort can visit any of United Southern Bank’s 11 locations.

The Lake County Board of County Commissioners created LASER shortly after the devastating effects of the 2004 hurricanes. As a registered 501c3, not-for-profit organization, LASER’s mission is to strengthen recovery efforts from any disaster in Lake and Sumter counties. LASER conducts these operations through a coordinated communitywide approach, which provides for the immediate and long-term unmet needs of local citizens. In addition, as a not-for-profit organization, LASER has the ability to accept private and public donations to fulfill unmet needs of residents.

For more information about LASER, call (352) 483-1029 or log on to www.laserfl.com.

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