On Saturday, October 8, visitors gathered on the museum’s terrace for a special PAMM Postcards to Haiti Free Second Saturday.
In collaboration with the City of Miami and Food For The Poor, PAMM called on the community to bring in canned foods and other goods to be donated to those in Haiti affected by Hurricane Matthew. Teaching artists were on hand encouraging visitors to write inspirational messages on postcards to be included in care packages being sent to Haiti.
Olivia Kramer, 10, came out with her family to join in the art-making and show her support for the Haitian people. “I know with Hurricane Matthew and just everything that has happened to them lately with the poverty and the hurricane and the bad weather, I think that this will really make them not give up hope and keep telling themselves it’s going to get better,” Kramer said.
“In times like this, South Florida needs to show its generosity to those affected by this devastating hurricane,” said City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado.
“This is a very difficult time for Haiti. Our entire community needs to show support and love during this crisis,” said Commissioner Ken Russell. “We were very fortunate by not being hit by Matthew. Let’s do what we can to collect and provide needed items as well as emotional support to all Haitians.”
“Hurricane Matthew proved to be devastating storm in Haiti. Hundreds have been killed, crops destroyed and thousands are now homeless. Food For The Poor has been helping the poorest of the poor to get out of poverty for more than 30 years in Haiti, and we’re going to be there to help as many as needed to rebuild their lives after this storm,” said Angel Aloma, executive director of Food For The Poor. “We want to thank PAMM and the South Florida community for their support and loving generosity.”
All the collected canned goods will be delivered to Haiti by Food For The Poor. All other donated supplies have been delivered by the City of Miami's Neighborhood Enforcement Team (NET) to Notre Dame D'Haiti Catholic Church.