IRD asks south Mississippi to help Japan

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A group that's been helping south Mississippians since Katrina is now working to help people in Japan.  International Relief and Development (IRD) has launched a Japan Tsunami/Earthquake Relief Hygiene Kit Drive.

From March 28th to April 21st, IRD will collect toiletries and other items to send to Japan.  The organization held a similar drive after last year's earthquake in Haiti.

"The generosity of the Gulf Coast continues to be an overwhelming thank you to those that assisted the Gulf Coast region after Katrina,"  said Lori West, IRD Gulf Region Director.  "We look forward to utilizing our organizations logistical capabilities to arrange the delivery and distribution of the items we collect directly to the victims of this disaster."

IRD has several drop-off locations for items:

Harrison County: 228-864-6677

1223 30th Avenue
Gulfport, MS

4312 Ohio Avenue
Gulfport, MS

6340 Kiln-Delisle Road
Pass Christian, MS

Jackson County: 228-474-0070
4836 Main Street
Moss Point, MS

5343 Jefferson Avenue #2
Moss Point, MS

Hancock: 228-463-8887
454 Highway 90 Suite B, MS

17065 Highway 603, MS

Suggested List of Donations:

Antibacterial Cream - Antibacterial Soap - Baby or Hand wipes - Baby Powder - Band Aids - Combs - Cotton Balls - Deodorant - Diaper Rash Creams - Diapers - Hydrogen Peroxide - Lotion - Mouthwash- Rubbing Alcohol - Saline Solution - Sanitary Feminine Products - Soap - Toothpaste - Toothbrush - Tylenol

International Relief and Development is a non-profit humanitarian and development organization dedicated to improving the lives and livelihoods of the world's most vulnerable people.

IRD has established a fund for those who wish to support the humanitarian relief and recovery efforts in Japan. Please join us in supporting the Japanese people by making a donation today.  Experience has shown that an early and sustained response provides the most lasting results in helping communities through the recovery process.

To contribute to the fund:

By mail, please make the check payable to IRD and send it to our headquarters, located at 1621 North Kent Street, Arlington, VA 22209.

For secure online donations, please visit  or, call our toll-free number 877-844-5644 to donate by credit card.

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