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Relief effort ongoing

Friday, January 29, 2010

More than two weeks after a devastating earthquake rocked the nation of Haiti, rescuers pulled a 16-year-old girl from the rubble.

As of Thursday, she was able to eat. Following her rescue, doctors were unable to provide an explanation as to how she survived.

Survivors of the earthquake, one that measured more than 7.0 on the Richter Scale, are in desperate need for food, shelter and more.

People around the globe are responding the best they can.

That includes people in Clay County.

Just a couple of weeks ago, The Brazil Times undertook a relief effort asking everyone in the county to donate just $1.

Our goal is to reach $10,000. So far, we have eclipsed the $1,000 mark and now stand at more than $1,200 in donations. A handful of area churches recently donated more than $100 each as well as an anonymous donor pitching in $300.

We planned to take donations until the end of the month. However, we have elected to extend the deadline for at least one more week.

Donations may be brought into The Times' office, Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Those who desire to donate via check may do so but make sure the check is written to the American Red Cross.

All donations will be delivered to the American Red Cross Wabash Valley Chapter.

There's still time to check underneath those car seats or between the couch cushions. All that loose change adds up and reports have surfaced that the average Haitian lives on just $2 per day.

As a county, we have an opportunity for our voice to be heard. We don't know these people, but we can make a difference.

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