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VSU community actively involved in Haiti efforts

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –The Valdosta State University community is actively involved in Haiti relief efforts.

One employee wiped out most of his savings to help. Another department held a food and blood drive Friday.

In this YouTube video, VSU Technology Librarian Cliff Landis gave a heartfelt thanks to those who helped him reach his goal of $10,000 in just three days for the Haiti situation. He's also nearly wiping out his savings account by donating $10,000 himself.

"When my heart said give $10,000 and rather than just giving the money to Partners in Health, that great organization, I said well it would be great if my friends could match," said Landis.

As of Friday, he's received $11,300 from others. So now, he'll be giving more than $21,000 to Partners in Health.

"Even when all this is over, even when the military and Red Cross and everybody pulls out, Partners in Health will still be there giving basic healthcare to folks in need," said Landis.

Even though he's reached his goal, he plans to keep raising money. Another VSU Haiti Relief Effort was held down the street at the baseball field house parking lot. Most of what was taken was rice, beans, and water but other non-perishables were dropped off too.

By noon Friday, 13,000 pounds of rice beans and water were donated. Throughout the day second harvest truck took the items to the food bank.

From there, the food will be on its way to to Haiti. The Berrien County Emergency Management Director dropped off 3,000 packs of Ramen noodles from the Harvey's in Nashville.

"I'm pretty sure if you was over there," said Newbern Middle School student Robbie Jones. "You'd want someone watching over you."

Jones and his classmates were out most of the morning unloading cars and trucks and putting the items in boxes.

The Red Cross also collected donations at Friday's VSU food drive. The blood mobile was also on-site.

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