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January 22, 2010 (San Diego) -- Five years ago, San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA) raised over 30 tons of donated supplies for Katrina victims in just four days. (photo). Starting Sunday, January 24th, the private school in Carmel Valley will seek to recreate those efforts for victims of the massive Haiti earthquake.


The Katrina supplies were then flown to the victims of Hurricane Katrina on a jumbo jet donated by UPS. A video of that effort can be seen here.


Unlike many other organizations, SDJA is asking for supplies rather than monetary donations. During their Katrina Relief drive, SDJA gained valuable experience in managing the logistics and transportation of large quantities of donations, but more importantly, drives like this match the school’s core values and provide an opportunity for their students to help others.


Two core values of Judaism are Tikkun Olam and Gemilut Hasadim, which translated from Hebrew mean deeds of loving kindness and repairing the world. These core values are integral to an SDJA education, which is why the school is taking this opportunity to teach their students these values with action.


“After seeing the devastation that took place in Haiti, our school’s community took action and began organizing the logistics required to coordinate an event of this magnitude,” said Dr. Jeffery Davis, Maimonides Upper School principal and architect of SDJA Cares: Project Haiti. “Our plan is to fill five 18 wheelers full of donations and send it to a warehouse in Miami, Florida in preparation for transportation to Haiti.”


The school has seen an overwhelming response from parents and students. SDJA is planning to have the event last until Friday, January 29th, however SDJA Cares: Project Haiti could be extended if the level of donations exceed the scope of the drive. “If we receive more donated trailers, we plan to fill them. This is an opportunity to help people and educate our students beyond the classroom,” continued Davis.

Supplies needed include:

High Priority Items:


1. Anti Diarrhea Medication - Generic Imodium - Available At Costco $5.39 For 400 Caplets.

2. Non Aspirin Pain Reliever - Generic Tylenol - Available At Costco $8.59 1000 Caplets.

3. Topical Antiseptic - Neosporin - Available At Costco Two One Ounce Tubes $9.99.

4. Surgical Gloves - Available At Costco

5. Hand Sanitizer - Available At Costco or Home Depot

6. Dry Baby Formula- Available At Costco

7. Energy Bars - Available At Costco

8. Diapers - Available At Costco

9. Topical Antifungal

10. Bandages

11. Gauze


Secondary Items:


1. Masks/Gloves

2. Blankets

3. Sleeping Bags

4. Near New Clothing

5. Canned Food

6. Ensure (any Liquid food Supplement)

7. Baby Products

8. Towels

9. Toilet Paper

10. Paper Towels

11. Closed toe shoes

12. Hats

13. Sheets


Also, SDJA's lower school will be filling backpacks with essentials and plush toys. Costco has generously donated 400 backpacks to fill and other donations are also coming in rapidly, the school reports. 


For more information, visit, or visit the SDJA Cares website or call Amanda Cohn at (858) 704-3718.


Drop off times are Sunday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Thursday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, and Friday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.


The academy is located at 11860 Carmel Creek Road, San Diego CA 92130. 


Use this link to follow the project on Facebook.


For more information on San Diego Jewish Academy or directions to the school, visit


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