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Local organizations rally to support Haiti

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ROCHELLE B. BIRKELO
January 14, 2010
— Local organizations are beginning to mobilize to help earthquake victims in Haiti.

The Janesville Noon Rotary is taking up a collection to provide temporary shelter through the ShelterBox program.


ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter and warmth to people affected by disaster worldwide.


Each shelter box costs about $800 and contains:


-- A 10-person tent.


-- A children’s pack of drawing books, crayons and pens.


-- Thermal blankets and insulated ground sheets.


-- Water purification supplies.


-- A basic tool kit.


-- A wood-burning or multi-fuel stove.


-- Pans, utensils, bowls, mugs and water-storage containers.


For an explanation of the shelter box efforts being made in Haiti, visit shelterbox.org


To help the local fundraising effort to send shelter boxes, contact a local Rotarian by visiting the club’s Web site at janesvillerotary.org or send a check made payable to the Janesville Rotary Foundation to P.O. Box 301, Janesville, WI 53547-0301.


The South Central Wisconsin Chapter of the American Red Cross has not yet sent any emergency disaster volunteers to Haiti, but it could happen, a local spokeswoman said.


Local Red Cross volunteers have no plans to head to Haiti but “that could change down the line,” said Laurie VanderJagt, chapter public affairs volunteer.


“At this point, the damage is so significant, we’re waiting to find out what’s going on,’’ she said.


People who want to help earthquake victims may make a financial gift to the American Red Cross International Response Fund. Donations to the fund may be sent to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013 or made by phone at 1-800-257-7575.


In addition, donors may text the word “HAITI” to “90999” and a donation of $10 will be given to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts.


TO HELP LOCAL EFFORTS
Janesville Noon Rotary: Contact a local Rotarian by visiting the club’s Web site at janesvillerotary.org or send a check made payable to the Janesville Rotary Foundation to P.O. Box 301, Janesville, WI 53547-0301.

South Central Wisconsin Chapter of the American Red Cross: Donations to the fund may be sent to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013 or made by phone at 1-800-257-7575.


In addition, donors may text the word “HAITI” to “90999” and a donation of $10 will be given to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts.


Yonn Ede Lot: To send financial contributions to the Walworth County non-profit for relief efforts for Haiti, contact Judy Haselhoef at (262) 245-1229.


Friends of the Children: Visit haitimdm.org or call Tom and Cindy Schuetz at (262) 728-2351 or Tom Reichert at (262) 949-6530 to help the non-profit based in the Delavan-Darien area. Mail checks made out to Friends of the Children to P.O. Box 775 Delavan, WI 53115.

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