El Paso Relief Sent to Haiti


POSTED: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 5:18pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 5:31pm

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the disaster in Haiti.

It's also the day the American Red Cross released its progress report after the earthquake.

Local Red Cross president Mark Matthys said El Pasoans have contributed $370,000 to Haiti relief - money he says paid for food, shelter and vaccines.

But not everyone's happy with the relief work.

"Theres a lot of things we'd like to be doing right now that are simply not possible, due to the rubble that's covering a lot of the buildable land, due to problems with the government," Matthys said.

Matthys says long-term efforts continue, with hopes of providing clean water and housing, and also clearing out rubble for land development in Haiti.

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