VSU Continues to aid Haitian Disaster Relief Efforts

February 3, 2010

VSU Continues to aid Haitian Disaster Relief Efforts

VALDOSTA -- Several groups at Valdosta State University continue to support organizations working to aid disaster relief efforts following a devastating earthquake in Haiti.

The following shows these campus efforts. Please contact individual groups listed below to participate. If you would like to include your group's project to this list please send it to thboyd@valdosta.edu .

The Student Advisory Council, Delta Sigma Theta and Heart to Heart International, along with 15 student organizations, will host "Hearts for Haiti" from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Student Union, the pedestrian mall and palms quad. Community members can bring $1 donations to purchase hearts for display in honor of loved ones. Later that evening, participants are invited to a reception, which will feature a special presentation and a performance by the VSU Mass Choir.

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages is collecting monetary donations for the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Make checks out to Red Cross and bring them to the MCL, West Hall, room 128. Call Patricia Stone at (229) 333-5948 for more information. 

Centennial/Converse Hall Council is hosting a clothing drive throughout spring semester. Community members are encouraged to bring tops, bottoms and shoes of all sizes for men, women and children to Centennial Hall on Sustella Avenue. Items must be in good condition. E-mail executive board members Toni Ivey at tivey@valdosta.edu, Candise Carten at cccarten@valdota.edu or Edgar James at ejames@valdosta.edu with any questions.

Providing Monetary Contributions: There are several non-profit agencies collecting monetary donations. To view a comprehensive list of agencies currently helping with the Haiti relief effort visit the GuideStar Web site at http://www2.guidestar.org/rxg/give-to-charity/haitian-relief-efforts.aspx .

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice hosted a successful food drive Friday, Jan. 22. Read about the results at http://www.valdosta.edu/news/releases/haiti.012710/ .

VSU Librarian Cliff Landis recently offered to donate $10,000 from his personal savings to match donations from other to Partners in Health, an organization that has been working in Haiti for more than 20 years. The outpouring of generosity overwhelmed him when his $10,000 was met in just three days. Visit his blog at http://clifflandis.net/ . Read his story at http://www.valdostadailytimes.com/archivesearch/local_story_022230701.html .