Mitch Relief Aid Held Up
MIAMI (AP) _ About 2.5 million pounds of clothing, food and medicine meant for hurricane victims is sitting in Miami-Dade County warehouses because relief agencies can’t keep up.
``Donations are arriving much faster than deliveries are going out,″ said Tom Willey, director of the local World Relief office. ``The warehouse is a full acre and it’s nearly packed.″
World Relief and Catholic Charities both are facing shortages of transportation and volunteers as they try to deliver assistance to victims of hurricanes Mitch and Georges in the Caribbean and Central America.
Catholic Charities said it expected Catholic school students to volunteer this week to help sort and prepare donations for shipment.
Both agencies said they hope people will stop sending goods that can’t be used, such as unusable medicine or clothing that is soiled or intended for use in cold climates.