City donating ambulances to Haiti

January 23, 2010 3:31:46 PM PST
The city of Chicago is donating three ambulances to earthquake-ravaged Haiti.Mayor Daley, other city officials, and Haitian-Americans inspected the ambulances Saturday at the fire department academy.

The vehicles have been reconditioned and loaded with items that Haitians can use as they try to survive the tragedy.

Chicago firefighters will drive the ambulances to Florida, and the vehicles will then be shipped to Haiti.

"We all know they need our help continually, and every resident has suffered in some way. The ambulances are stocked with cots, blankets, masks, gloves, food and other critical supplies," Mayor Daley said.

Speaking in French with the help of an interpreter Saturday, Haiti's consul-general in Chicago thanked the mayor and the city for its generosity.