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Elected Officials Receive Haiti Situation Briefing, Recognize Direct Relief’s Haiti Response Efforts

Lois Capps, County Supervisors, City Mayors and Council Members

tour Direct Relief Monday morning

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.—On Monday, February 1st, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Direct Relief

International will update local elected officials on its medical response to the Haiti earthquake at

its headquarters in Goleta. Congresswoman Lois Capps, County Supervisor Doreen Farr, Goleta

Mayor Eric Onnen, Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, and other available county supervisors and

city council members will tour Direct Relief, and Mayors Onnen and Schneider will present the

organization with certificates of recognition.

WHO: Congresswoman Lois Capps, County Supervisor Doreen Farr, Goleta Mayor Eric Onnen,

Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, County Supervisors and Goleta and Santa

Barbara City Council Members; Thomas Tighe, Direct Relief President & CEO; Direct

Relief Haiti program staff

WHAT: Haiti response briefing to elected officials; warehouse tour; recognitions presented to

Direct Relief

WHEN: Monday, February 1st – 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Direct Relief International, 27 S. La Patera Ln., Goleta, CA 93117

CONTACT: Juliana Minsky, 805-689-6618; Jim Prosser, 805.617.0192

On Friday, January 29, more than 16 tons of medical material aid departed Direct Relief’s warehouse for

Haiti, via donated airlift by FedEx. Prior to this shipment, Direct Relief had shipped more than $6 million in

medical aid to its partners on the ground caring for the many injured. Direct Relief emergency response

staff have returned to Haiti to continue on the ground support following their initial 10-days in Port-au-

Prince coordinating Direct Relief’s aid shipments and other relief group efforts.

Direct Relief has been working with partners in Haiti on ongoing medical programs for the country’s most

vulnerable since 1964.

The group will also share information about how people can direct material donations, which are not yet

appropriate for Haiti response, to help vulnerable people in our own community.

About Direct Relief International

Founded in 1948, Direct Relief is a Santa Barbara, California-based nonprofit organization focused on

improving quality of life by bringing critically needed medicines and supplies to local healthcare providers

worldwide. Direct Relief has provided more than $1 billion in privately funded humanitarian aid since

2000, including more than $150 million in assistance in the United States. It has earned a fundraising

efficiency score of 99 percent or better from Forbes for the past eight years, and is ranked by the

Chronicle of Philanthropy as California’s largest international nonprofit organization based on private

support. For more information, please visit www.DirectRelief.org.

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