Local organization helping Haitians asks for nutritional shakes

Sow a Seed volunteers rush to help prevent more death in Haiti


MIAMI – As Haiti deals with a public health emergency, a local nonprofit organization was asking donors in Miami-Dade for cases of nutritional shakes. 

After the Category 4 storm killed hundreds Oct. 4, Haitians face the risk of Cholera-contaminated water and food. 

Kerry McLaney, a Sow a Seed volunteer, said Ensure shakes were "like gold after the earthquake" in 2010. She was asking for more and added that "the plastic bottles are best."

McLaney said the non-profit organization based out of Miami Lakes was delivering the shakes and other goods as part of their Hurricane Matthew Haiti Relief campaign

After reports of at least 200 suspected new cholera cases since the hurricane hit, The World Health Organization was sending 1 million doses of cholera vaccine to Haiti. But experts believe that's not going to be enough. 

"It's not looking good," Dr. Unni Krishnan, director of Save the Children's Emergency Health Unit in Haiti. "We should act very quickly."

Sow a Seed has two "drop off/ship to" locations: The USL, 4141 NW 36 Ave., in Miami,  and Print Giants, 155 NE 73 St., in Miami. The donations should be boxed and labeled "USL/Donate Haiti/SAS."


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