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Heartland Residents Have a Heart for Haiti

Kansas City, Mo.- Three months after a massive earthquake devastated Haiti, The Salvation Army of Kansas and Western Missouri has received more than $800,000 to help care for thousands of people still suffering in the aftermath of the January 12th disaster.

To date, nearly 10,000 people have donated $818,599 to The Salvation Army headquartered in Kansas City for Haiti relief efforts. Nationally, donations total more than $15 million for the organization’s relief and rebuilding efforts in Haiti.

Over the last three months, The Salvation Army has distributed more than 4 million meals to earthquake survivors and provided medical care to nearly 25,000 people. In addition, the organization has distributed thousands of tents, cots, flashlights and tarps. The Kansas City Salvation Army has sent four local emergency disaster workers to Haiti to assist with the recovery effort.

The Salvation Army has had a presence in Haiti since 1950, operating schools, clinics, a hospital, feeding programs, children’s homes and churches throughout the country. When the disaster struck, hundreds of the organization’s officers and staff stationed throughout the country were able to immediately respond to the crisis.

To support The Salvation Army’s continuing relief efforts in Haiti, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or log onto www.salarmy-mokan.org.  Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, 3637 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111. Please designate the donation “Haiti Relief”.

About Derek Nester

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. 6 radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on 69 radio stations across 9 Midwest states.