Faith, community and government leaders in the city are coming together in Brooklyn for a faith vigil remembering the victims of the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck Haiti over the weekend.
The vigil is set for Monday, Aug. 16 at 2 p.m. at the steps of St. Jerome’s Roman Catholic Church (2900 Newkirk Avenue , Brooklyn.) Organizers say the event is aimed at bringing awareness to the crisis in Haiti, bringing hope to the New York Haitian-American community through prayer, and bringing aid to the people of Haiti by streamlining relief efforts.
Those slated to attend the vigil include Rev. Al Sharpton, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adam, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, Council Member Farah N. Louis.
Bichotte, who is of Haitian descent, is holding a relief drive at her district office for earthquake victims. Several items are urgently needed including canned goods, toiletries, baby items and feminine products. Items can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Items will be collected through Aug. 27.
Bichotte’s office is located at 1312 Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. Call 718-940-0428 for more information.