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Help for Haiti

The Glenwood Mennonite Church is responding to the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti recently. You can help by contributing any of the following, which will be forwarded via Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) as part of the larger relief effort to Haiti. Needed items are: large bar bath soap (leave in wrapping); plastic bottle shampoo (13-24 ounce); large bar of laundry soap (Fels Naptha, Sunlight, Zote, etc.); squeeze-tube toothpaste (6 ounce, leave in box); adult-size toothbrush (leave in packaging); new bath towel (medium weight, dark or bright colors); new hand towel (larger than fingertip, dark colors); wide-tooth comb (6 to 8 inches); fingernail clippers; box adhesive bandages (minimum 40, assorted); package sanitary pads (18-24 thin maxi).(This list and more information available at http://mcc.org/kits/relief.)Local drop off location and hours:Glenwood Mennonite Church2306 Blake Ave.Glenwood Springs945-5245Tuesday, Jan. 19, through Saturday, Jan. 23, 3-5 p.m.Sunday, Jan. 24, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.(Donation box also available until Sunday, Jan. 24, in front of church building.)

Local moms from the Roaring Fork Valley are collecting material donations for the God’s Littlest Angels orphanage in Haiti this week. Donations will be accepted through Sunday, Jan. 24, and there are multiple drop-off locations throughout the valley. See details below.Haitian orphanages that have U.S. offices are among the few organizations accepting material, rather than monetary, donations. They will be shipping containers and chartering flights to Haiti and delivering them directly to their organizations. Next Monday, a few moms will be driving Roaring Fork Valley donations to the corporate office of God’s Littlest Angels in Colorado Springs, where the orphanage is chartering a flight to deliver donations. Carbondale mom Janine Cuthbertson explains how she got the idea to help: “Last night after I heard of the earthquake in Haiti, I was comforting my crying baby in the middle of the night and I had a moment which I feel compelled to act on. As my baby was crying I was so grateful for the warm, safe house over my head, available food and the knowledge that her cries were solely from a new tooth and not because she was injured, buried under the rubble, starving or lost. I felt an overwhelming sadness for the mothers in Haiti who are, at this moment, dealing with unspeakable hardship. As a mother I feel connected to them and want to help.”Baby items needed: powdered formula, diapers, porta-cribs, baby cereal, infant Tylenol, infant and children’s vitamins, antibiotic cream, antifungal cream, baby lotion, baby powder, baby shampoo, baby blankets, summer clothing sizes newborn to 16 (long sleeve and pants OK, no winter items) and shoes (all sizes are desperately needed) Hygiene items: Bars of soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, blankets and towels.Drop off locations:Aspen: Aspen Daily News, 517 E. Hopkins Ave. 925-2220Snowmass Village: Snowmass Village Town Hall, 923-3777 (Donations accepted through Friday.)Basalt: 0026 Eagles Nest Court in Bluelake 948-0625Carbondale: 104 Garfield Ave./2nd 309-1919Glenwood: Pediatric Partners, 1905 Blake Ave., Suite 201 947-9999Financial donations for earthquake relief will not be accepted at the drop-off locations but can be sent directly to the orphanage. Mail to God’s Littlest Angels Orphanage, 2085 Crystal River Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80915; send via Paypal on the orphanage’s website at http://www.glahaiti.org, or through the following link: http://godslittlestangelsinhaiti.org/ and click the “Chip in” button.

Kum & Go, L.C. announced that starting today, customers can opt to donate $1 at the registers to the American Red Cross for Haiti Relief Efforts. In addition to the customer donations, Kum & Go will donate $20,000 to the Red Cross International Response Fund designated to help victims of the Haiti earthquake. Customer donations will be collected until Sunday, Jan. 24, at all of Kum & Go’s 430 stores throughout the midwest. The funds will allow the Red Cross to continue their critical work to assist earthquake victims in Haiti. The company plans contribute $20,000 to Red Cross International Response Fund.



A benefit for the Mercy and Sharing Foundation will be held from 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the Viceroy Hotel in Snowmass Village. “Stand-up For Haiti” will feature local comics and musicians. Admission will be free, but attendees will be expected to pick at least one of several methods to make a donation. There will be reserved VIP tables, an auction and “Karma jars.” The event is the brainchild of Gail Mason and Mark Thomas, operating at Comedy Mercenary Productions. The Viceroy is providing the space and staff necessary to pull it off.

“Tea for Haiti” will be held by the Western Colorado chapter of the American Red Cross in the Aspen Room of the St. Regis Hotel from 3-6 p.m. Thursday. Reservations can be made by calling 920-7356. All proceeds will benefit the Red Cross Haiti Relief Operations.



A benefit concert and silent auction for Haiti children will be held from 6-10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Wheeler Opera House. All proceeds will go to the Mercy and Sharing Foundation. More information is available at http://www.HaitiBenefitConcert.com.


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