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Many ways to help with Haiti in Valdosta

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –Help from around the world is pouring in to Haiti.

Valdosta State University is having a beans, rice, and water drive Friday and a church has organized a basic hygiene care kit relief effort.

Rice and beans are important foods to Haiti. This is one of the reasons Assistant Professor of Anthropology Dr. Melissa Rinehart decided to organize the VSU Rice, Bean, and Water Drive for Haitian Relief. As soon as she announced it, donations began pouring in.

"I thought beans and rice something we take for granted that are so inexpensive in the United States and water which has never been very good in Haiti," said Rinehart. "I thought these three things combined is something students could do."

The community is invited to the drive that's Friday at the field house across from Valdosta Middle School from 8 to 4. Bagged rice and beans and small water bottles are accepted. Red Cross volunteers will be collecting money.

"We also have the mobile blood unit," she said. "We're hoping that folks when they do make their donations will also want to donate blood."

Donations of rice, beans, and water will not be taken after Friday.

You can donate to crisis care kits to a church for the next two weeks.

If you're looking for ways to help out with Haiti Relief efforts the Church of Nazarene is taking donations of crisis care kits. These kits include essential hygiene items like soap.

Other items include toothbrushes, hair combs, tissues, and teddy bears.

"We believe our mission is to bind up the broken hearted and carry the gospel to the poor, said Pastor Brian Sayer. "This is one of the ways we believe will make a difference."

Also, if you go to any Dollar General you can drop in to make a donation of any amount to Haiti efforts or do it while you're checking out.

The Church of Nazarene says the crisis care kits should be placed in a gallon sized zip lock bag and should include only these items:

-one medium sized bottle of shampoo

-two bars of soap

-three toothbrushes

-one box of band aids

-one fingernail clipper

-one hair comb

-two hand towels

-four pocket sized packages of facial tissue

-one Beanie Baby

You bring finished kits or just the items you wish to donate to the church at 124 North Patterson Street. For more information contact the church at (229) 244-2094.

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