Associated Food & Petroleum Dealers Foundation Donates $10,000 to Haitian Relief

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. -- The charitable foundation of the Associated Food & Petroleum Dealers, the group serving the voice of the retail food, beverage and fuel industries in Michigan and Ohio, made a $10,000 donation to the American Red Cross to help with the relief efforts in Haiti.

The AFPD Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization known for its sponsorship of an annual Turkey Drive to help feed Detroit-area families at Thanksgiving, as well as its thousands of dollars in college scholarships to help the students of AFPD member families, collected donations from AFPD members and sent the total to the American Red Cross.

Basim Shina, an AFPD member who, along with his four brothers, owns seven Southeast Michigan independent stores and five Save-A-Lot stores, said: "I was struck by what the people in Haiti were going through. They deserve better."

The Shina family's donation was an excellent jumpstart to the AFPD Foundation's efforts to raise money for the people of Haiti, the association said.

"If God gave you money and success, then you should support others. I encourage other retailers to do the same thing," he added.

Though many AFPD members are experiencing tough economic times, they gave generously to the Haitian relief fund, according to Auday P. Arabo, AFPD's COO. "And those who found it just too hard to donate at this time were asked to pray for the people affected in Haiti. A little love and compassion will go a long way in saving a life."

Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, AFPD is known for its successful lobbying on behalf of independent retailers and helping its members remain competitive. AFPD publishes trade information, offers ongoing training and business development and sponsors cost-saving programs to help retailers cut expenses and boost efficiency.

"In our everyday life, we sometimes lose sight of how blessed we are to be in living and working in the greatest country in the world, the United States of America," Arabo said. "However, there are many who struggle and hope for some food, water and maybe, if they are so fortunate, some shelter. The AFPD Foundation is grateful to be able to help the Haitian people at this time of great suffering and need."

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