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News Corp. pledges $250K to charities for Haiti relief

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News Corp., the parent of TimesLedger Newspapers, has pledged a $250,000 donation to the victims of the magnitude 7.0 earthquake in Haiti that is believed to have killed between 100,000 and 200,000 residents of the island nation Jan. 12.

The donation will be split between the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

The 103rd Precinct is accepting food and clothing for victims at 168-02 P.O. Edward Byrne Ave. in Jamaica. For more information, call 718-657-8195.

Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) is gathering batteries, flash lights, summer clothing, water, canned goods, blankets and other items at his district office at 22-45 31st St. in Astoria.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office is also hosting a fund for victims. Those interested in donating can call 311 or 212-788-7794.

The New York Buddhist Vihara, a Sri Lankan temple located at 214-22 Spencer Avenue, is collecting money and medical supplies. On Saturday, organizers will bring the contributions to the Haitian Americans United for Progress in Cambria Heights and to the Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

— Nathan Duke

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