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Haiti relief contributions can be deducted from 2009 taxes

January 29, 2010

The Internal Revenue Service is allowing taxpayers to claim donations they make to Haiti earthquake relief charities from Jan. 11 until March 1, 2010, on their 209 tax returns. This one-time provision applies only to taxpayers who itemize deductions and includes monetary contributions made by text message, check, credit card or debit card. Taxpayers can read the IRS statement here.

The Hope for Haiti task force at Loyola University New Orleans continues to identify relief resources and plan for a sustained aid effort to the island nation and to Loyola community members affected by the tragedy. The Hope for Haiti blog, http://blogs.loyno.edu/haiti/, contains information on upcoming fundraising events and other ways to give.

Loyola freshman Wadner Pierre will be traveling to Haiti on Feb. 5 to visit his family and has requested the donation of the following items to bring back with him: gently used shoes; crayons and other school supplies for children; toiletry items; sanitary napkins; gently used or new clothes for children, men and women; first aid items; blood pressure monitors (and batteries); and suitcases, duffel bags and back packs for transportation of items. Please place items in the box outside of the University Ministry office in the Broadway Activities Center, Room 102, before 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4. Contact Arlene Wiltz at wiltz@loyno.edu for more information.

A Haitian benefit concert and dance performance is planned for Friday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m., in Roussel Hall.

The Office of Mission and Ministry is collecting donations for relief organizations that are closely affiliated with the university, or donations can be made by visiting the following organizations:

· Jesuit Refugee Services

· Catholic Relief Services

· The American Red Cross

· Partners in Health

For a list of other reputable organizations, visit http://www.clintonfoundation.org/haitiearthquake/.

There are also two ways to donate to the relief efforts via text message:

· Texting HAITI to 20222 will release a $10 donation to the Clinton Foundation and charge users' cell phone bills.

· Texting HAITI to 90999 will release a $10 donation to the American Red Cross and charge users' cell phone bills.

For more information on Loyola’s relief efforts or related events, contact Kurt Bindewald, director of University Ministry at 504-865-2083 or kjbindew@loyno.edu or Robert Reed, assistant vice president for Student Affairs at 504-865-3737 or rareed@loyno.edu.

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