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Helping Haiti: The Memphis Family Extends Beyond the Mississippi

Haitain President Rene Preval, says tens of thousands may have been killed in Tuesday's earthquake.
Haitain President Rene Preval, says tens of thousands may have been killed in Tuesday's earthquake.

“Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In the wake of Haiti’s devastating earthquake earlier this week and as the nation prepares to celebrate the King Holiday on Monday, local Memphians are answering King’s question favorably.

“When our brothers and sisters are in need, we have step in and do what we can,” said Cordova resident Traci Barnett. “We would want someone to do the same for us. No matter where we are in the world, we are all connected because we are made by one creator.”

With a third of the population affected by the natural disaster, approximately 3 million people are in need of emergency relief. And Phyllis Fair views her call to action on a local and national perspective.

“I know it may sound corny, but my thoughts go back to the State Farm motto – Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there,” said Fair. “I think of the U.S. as State Farm and President Obama wants to be a good neighbor and help others in need, especially when something tragic happens.”

Fair says she also has a personal responsibility to help.

“In my opinion, the world is just one large neighborhood,” Fair added. “And when I see my neighbor suffering I have to try my best to do something to help.”

Local company to make delivery Friday
Residents aren’t the only people preparing to lend a hand. FedEx is revving up its engines to deliver the first phase of relief supplies on Friday. FedEx teams in Global Operations Control and Latin America Caribbean division are pro-actively working with charitable relief organizations to help ensure aid is on the way to Haiti. FedEx will provide transportation services for the American Red Cross, Heart to Heart International, Direct Relief International and Water Missions in order to send aid to Haiti.

“The thoughts of everyone at FedEx are with the victims, survivors and loved ones affected by this week’s earthquake in Haiti and the devastation this disaster left behind,” said Rose Flenorl, Manager, FedEx Social Responsibility.

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