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The money keeps coming in for Haiti drive

Thursday, January 21, 2010

UPDATE: Those interested in adding to The Brazil Times' Haiti drive and wish to pay via check should make the check out to the American Red Cross.

Mass graves are currently being constructed near Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti.

Just about a week ago, citizens of the Haitian capital were rocked by an earthquake, measuring more than 7.0 on the Richter Scale.

Days later, earth movers were being used to bury victims of the earthquake, numbering in the tens of thousands.

Health risks are rocking the country as camps are overcrowded.

Currently, the estimated death toll has reached 200,000, according to figures provided by the Haitian government.

Approximately 80,000 have already been buried in mass graves.

The Haitian government now estimates that 2 million are homeless and 250,000 are in need of urgent aid.

Last week, The Brazil Times undertook a monetary relief effort involving everyone in Clay County.

Our hope is that residents in the county would just donate $1 to this relief fund.

Through one week, Clay County residents have come together, donating $523.05 so far.

Rock Run Church only recently brought in a check for $250 for the fund. In addition, another check for $150 was brought in by Second Baptist Church.

We still have a couple of weeks to go before we take the donations to the American Red Cross Wabash Valley Chapter.

Our goal is to exceed $10,000 in donations.

Associates at The Times' office are asking all to check underneath those car seats again or between the couch cushions. Again, there's always the possibility you could find $1 in change. All of this money adds up in the long run.

Again, reports have surfaced in recent days that the average Haitian lives on just $2 per day.

As a county, we have an opportunity for our voices to be heard.

We don't know these people. But we can make a difference.

Just keep bringing in those donations to The Times' office, Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.