A few weeks ago, citizens of Haiti were rocked by a devastating earthquake that measured more than 7.0 on the Richter Scale.
Since the earthquake rocked the country, residents of Clay County have stepped up through donations.
Only days after the earthquake, The Brazil Times undertook a relief effort of its own, asking everyone in the county to donate just $1.
Our goal was to reach $10,000. As of Friday, we have tallied $1,958.
Two anonymous donations of more than $300 each helped push us close to $2,000, including generous donations from several area churches.
We planned to take donations through the end of January, but extended the deadline through the first week of February.
The final day for donations is Monday. Following that date, Brazil Times' General Manager Lynne Llewellyn will deliver the donations to the American Red Cross of the Wabash Valley Chapter.
We're only $42 away from $2,000. Anyone wishing to donate to the relief effort may do so by bringing it in Monday, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Those wishing to donate via check may do so as well and write the check out to the American Red Cross.
Although there is only one day left in the donation drive, there's two full days to check between those couch cushions and underneath the car seats. All that loose change does add up.
Since the earthquake, it has been reported the average Haitian lives on only $2 per day.
Again, 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.