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County Comes Together For Quake Victims

The American Red Cross and many area churches are collecting money to help Haiti’s earthquake victims. Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, was devastated during a magnitude-7 quake last week. The Tuesday earthquake left thousands dead, and homes, schools and public buildings destroyed. Main roads littered with impassable rubble hampered relief efforts as the United States and other nations rushed to help victims.  

“The Red Cross is collecting money because it is the most readily usable resource; it can be used the way it is needed,” explained Halifax/Charlotte County Red Cross Chapter Executive Director Ginger Weaver. “Also, it doesn’t cost anything to get it there,” she added.

The Red Cross has released $1 million and has pledged $5 million to the relief effort, according to Weaver.

Those wishing to help may send checks locally to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 1774, Halifax, VA 24558, or to the American Red Cross, PO Box 37243, Washington, DC, 20013. Designate the check for the National Disaster Fund or Haiti. By using a mobile phone a contributor can text “Haiti” to the number 90999, and this will send an immediate $10 donation. Additional information is available by visiting the Red Cross Web site at www.redcross.org.

“The local chapter does not deduct anything for handling,” added Weaver. “It all goes to the fund.”

Individuals also are taking action. Supply Line Manager Ed Burton put small buckets for contributions for Haitian relief at checkout counters two days ago. Those contributions and his own bought bottled water that was delivered to God’s Pit Crew in Danville on Saturday for the relief effort.

Anxious to help in the Haiti relief effort, South Boston businessman Chris McDowell has acquired a tractor-trailer to collect needed items in the parking lot at the Fire Dept.’s Auxiliary Building located on Wilborn Ave. in South Boston. Glen Nunn of B&G Rentals is providing the tractor-trailer.

God’s Pit Crew, Danville, will transport items to port to be shipped to victims through World Help, based out of Forest, as well as Operation Compassion, which is based in Cleveland, TN.

Items needed include water, non-perishable food items in easy to open cans, paper towels, toilet paper, baby diapers, bandages, aspirin and blankets.

“Now is not the time for clothes,” said volunteer Bill Snead.

McDowell is seeking volunteers to man the trailer and receive donations at the Wilborn Ave. site. McDowell may be reached at 579-5498 or Kelly Fite at 575-1187.

“I would like to see us step up as a community to help these folks,” McDowell said.

Area churches also are responding to the tragedy with some designating one or more Sunday offerings for the relief effort.