Haiti relief fund

Olivia Joie

Since January 12, 2010, the world has been watching and aiding Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake.

Port-au-Prince, the nation’s capital located ten miles west of the epicenter, fell to pieces, as the country scattered in panic.

The major earthquake produced thirty-three aftershock quakes, leaving an estimated three million in desperate need for medical attention. International organizations, such as the Red Cross, UNICEF and Salvation Army have made donating money via text messaging a simple and generous option.

National organizations have encouraged many to donate money and time to their efforts. Celebrities such as George Clooney and Wyclef Jean hosted and took part of a telethon that will reach most of the country that includes many famous actors, singers, and dancers. The world is watching Haiti and supporting the reconstruction of their impoverished country.

In a recent article concerning Haiti, the British Broadcasting Corporation found the average income to be less than two dollars, daily. The statistics clearly state the depressed economy Haitians are trapped inside. As time moves on, many individuals fight for their lives.

Resources as water, food, and medical attention are difficult to find. Dispersing of such goods is also difficult as roads and means for transportation lack. Local businesses, in attempt to provide additional support have donated money to organizations such as Mercy Corps, Habitat For Humanity Partners in Health, Soles4Souls, Operation Compassion, Giving Children of Hope and PEACE Relief.

Many foundations are holding fundraising events. Many local restaurants will be holding ‘Haitian Relief’ days where all profits will be sent to Earthquake Relief funding. Restaurants include: The Cellar in San Clemente, on January 24 through 31st, the Haven Gastropub in Orange on January 25th. Additionally, Chaparosa Grill will be holding fundraisers on January 31st in Tustin and February 1st in Laguna Niguel.

The Daily Grill in Irvine will host ‘A Day for Haiti’ will make available a separate menu for Haiti relief. The Anaheim White House and Beach Pitt BBQ have already held theirs earlier last week. The Sports Chalet has partnered with Soles4Souls, a charity that collects footwear and gives them away to those in need.

From January 15th through 31st the Sports Chalet will be collecting shoes at all of their locations.

‘With 55 Sport Chalet drop-off locations in four states, we are asking our customers, our employees, and our vendors to stop by and donate their gently worn shoes for those so tragically affected by the earthquake in Haiti,’ said Craig Levra, Chairman and CEO of Sport Chalet.

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