Residents of all ages contributing to Haiti aid

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico

Residents of Portales, Clovis and Muleshoe of all ages are rallying to help earthquake victims in Haiti.

Starting today, the Associated Students Activities Board at Eastern New Mexico University is sponsoring a week-long fundraiser on campus.

“We’re really just asking for monetary donations,” said Amber Dorado, social issues coordinator. “So that we can just send money over there, that way they can get whatever they need.”

The ASAB encouraging others to text Haiti at 90999. Dorado said phone providers will charge $10, which is earmarked for the American Red Cross. The association is also accepting cash donations, which will be forwarded to the Clinton Foundation.

Campus Union Coordinator Angela Ayers said her group has worked hard at reaching organizations to ensure the money actually goes to the people in Haiti.

The Clinton Foundation has a four-star rating at charitynavigator.org, Ayers said.

“I know there has been some stuff in the news about the Red Cross and money not all going there,” Ayers said. “So we’ll do the texting thing if people wanted to text. We’ll put that on our sign, but we wanted to send our money to someplace where the majority of will get to Haiti.”

In Clovis, students at Mesa Elementary School are doing their part for children in Haiti.

Next week, students will be able to purchase paper hearts bearing the words “I’m helping the Haitian children” for $1each, according to Clovis schools Communication Specialist Penny Bailey.

The money they collect will be given to Red Cross.

In Muleshoe, the Northwest Texas Conference of United Methodist Church Kids in Christ got together Wednesday to make health kits for Haiti residents. The health kit is a one gallon plastic bag with a hand towel, washcloth, comb, either a nail file or finger nail clippers, bar of soap, toothbrush, and six plastic bandages.

“A dollar goes into that and the place where we send it they put a tube of toothpaste in,” Pastor Monty Lavell said. “The United Methodist Church has an agency called United Methodist Committee On Relief. Whenever there is a disaster, they are usually some of the first people there and traditionally some of the last to leave.”

Kids for Christ put together 50 health kits that will be sent out to the UMCOR.

UMCOR is making flood buckets and sewing kits for Haiti. Recently, the church took up $2,500 during a special collection last Sunday for Haiti.

“We got the information from our conference, who are going to be collecting the health kits,” Lavell said. “The ladies who head our Kids for Christ program thought it would be a good outreach and something for the children to do for the people in Haiti.”

Freedom New Mexico staff writer Liliana Castillo contributed to this report.