Subject: HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF HOUSTON
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HOUSTON HURRICANE RELIEF
GIVING BACK DIGNITY TO THE PEOPLE OF HOUSTON
Kingdom International Economic Development Corp (KIEDC) RESPONDS TO HURRICANE HARVEY AND IRMA TO HELP “MEET THE NEEDS AND SOLVE THE PROBLEMS OF HOUSTON AND MIAMI’S POOREST!
Metashar Dillon Email: Metashar.Dillon@kiedc.com
Phone: (860) 785-4332
Yvonne Renee Davis, Chief Communications Officer
Email: email@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (860) 796-2842
(CONNECTICUT -HOUSTON – MIAMI) – In continued, consistent and much needed response to the devastation to families from Hurricanes Harvey in Houston, Kingdom International Economic Development Corporation (KIEDC) of Connecticut is prepping a response drive for much needed non-perishable items, goods as well as soliciting funds to meet the needs of Houston’s hardest hit community.
Founded by Metashar Bankhead-Dillon, KIEDC is a non-profit organization with a three-decade track record for “Meeting Needs and Solving Problems,” for Connecticut’s most indigent in Hartford, New Haven, Waterbury, Bridgeport and Stamford. Thousands of families are fed at Thanksgiving and clothed with hats, coats, gloves, and scarves during the colder months. During the Christmas Holiday Season, children are given toys.
The Harvey effort runs close to home with Bankhead-Dillon who was a victim of Storm Gloria in 1985. “My family lost everything,” recalls Bankhead-Dillon. “We had no place to live, no food and lost our clothing; except for what was on our back. We even lost our business. So, I know what it is to be homeless in Houston and without power and the basics with Irma. KIEDC is stepping up in an aggressive away in support of all efforts to bridge these social-economic gaps for families.”
In Hartford, KIEDC partnered with West Middle Community School to collect food, clothing and household goods from our local community and communities around the United States where we have relationships and bringing the supplies to Houston to assist the victims of Hurricane Harvey. There is a continuous monetary collection effort as well. The mission is to give and “go directly” to give the food, clothing and household goods to the victims directly.
The primary focus for this effort will focus on Houston with a later effort in Miami and the twelve Caribbean Islands were severely hit during Irma and Maria – Puerto Rico, U.S. & British Virgin Islands, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Martin, these islands were crushed and nearly destroyed.
KIEDC’s passion for strong families in the community is what drives us to continue to reach out to others with help, hope, and access to needed resources. “This year due to the unfortunate events and thousands of people being affected in Houston, we are expanding our outreach to help families in this community. We want to partner with individuals, groups and corporations throughout the community to provide some relief for these families,” said Bankhead-Dillon.
KIEDC needs food, water, personal hygiene items for adults and children, clothes, shoes and household goods. Drop off locations have been organized around the state of Connecticut to accept donations.
Drop off locations:
Darien – 688 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT
Hartford – West Middle Community School at 44 Niles Street, Hartford, CT
New Haven – 110 Sherman Ave., New Haven and California Hair Design-1444 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, CT
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It is through the generosity of everyone combined that these families are given hope and encouragement during this time of need and beyond. These families are strengthened by our collective efforts. Collection efforts will continue until November 4. MBG Transport, Inc. and U-haul Trucks will depart on that day to Houston. Trucks will roll-out head out of Connecticut and Atlanta to Houston, November 6, and will be in the area until November 15, 2017. Refrigerator trucks coming from California and going to Houston are being provided by Entertainment Owner and Executive Rick Ford
Prior to the Holiday and Christmastime season, KIEDC along with the Women’s Global Entrepreneur Competition (WGEC) are working to produce a televised celebrity event called Healing for Houston – A Night of Love and Light Celebrity Benefit Concert. Proceeds for the event will benefit the families and victims of Hurricane Harvey. Details finalizing the charitable event is forthcoming. Hosts with the KIEDC effort are: Winford Financial and The Orchids. Additional partners include Dr. Andrea Jeffress of, Pennsylvania, Pastor Thelma Bromwell, of New Haven, and Dr. Denise Green of Stamford.
For more information about KIEDC, and how to support the above efforts please visit www.kiedc.com.
Connect with us on social media on the KIEDC and WGEC Facebook fan page, Twitter or Instagram.