November 11, 2010 (El Cajon) – Rescue Task Force, a nonprofit organization founded in El Cajon, and World Emergency Relief of Carlsbad are sending relief to victims of the cholera outbreak in Haiti. More donations are sought as the death toll rises. More than 724 people have died since the outbreak began in October, and more than 11,000 have been infected. A thousand new cases a week are being reported, according to BBC news.
“We are shipping 10,192 packets of urgently requested Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS). These ORS units will treat 3,000 people,” Gary Becks, spokesman for Rescue Task Force, said. “This is in addition to units previously shipped and distributed last week that treated 4,000 people.”
Aid workers are battling the disease and fear it will spread through tent camps that still house over a million survivors of the Easter Sunday earthquake that devastated the island nation.
Donations may be made online at www.rescuetaskforce.org, or by texting the word R-E-S-C-U-E to the number 50555 to make a $10 mobile donation to Rescue Task Force to help families and children in Haiti now. Reply with YES when prompted and $10 will appear on your next phone bill or be deducted from your prepaid balance.