WLRN Campaign Helps Haiti's Children

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Dec. 2, 2010) –For the second time this year, Friends of WLRN has reached out to Food For The Poor by hosting a distinctive fundraising drive that will benefit the nonprofit organization. When radio listeners support WLRN through the station’s fund drive, Friends of WLRN will in turn donate a portion of the proceeds to feed hungry and malnourished Haitian children.

Friends of WLRN has dedicated today to Food For The Poor. For every $100 committed by listeners who call to support the station, Friends of WLRN will donate $18 to feed a hungry child in Haiti for six months. Through the station’s generosity earlier this year, more than 730 children were fed through Food For The Poor’s feeding programs.

Wagner Previato, Director of Marketing and Membership for Friends of WLRN, called the March campaign a huge success, and is hoping for additional support this time for Haiti as the country continues to endure crisis after crisis.

“The South Florida community and supporters of our public radio station responded generously when we mentioned that a portion of their contributions would be going directly to feeding children in Haiti through Food For The Poor,” said Previato. “Our partnership with Food For The Poor helped mobilize our efforts in making a gift that nourishes Haiti’s most vulnerable citizens, and supports 91.3 WLRN’s news coverage of Haiti and all other local news stories.”

In Haiti, more than half of the population, including two-thirds of the children, suffers from malnutrition. About 76 of every 1,000 children die before reaching their fifth birthday.

“The need for food in Haiti right now is tremendous, and we are continuously working to reach the most desperate,” said Food For The Poor Executive Director Angel Aloma. “We are so grateful that Friends of WLRN and their supporters are helping us serve the poorest of the poor in Haiti. The earthquake now has been compounded by a deadly cholera outbreak, and our joint actions are needed now more than ever.”

Through Thursday, Dec. 2, supporters can make a donation to the pledge drive by calling

Food For The Poor, the third-largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than feed millions of hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian agency provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 96 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor.

For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.

Kathy Skipper
Director of Public Relations
954-427-2222, ext. 6614