Southeastern raises funds, collects supplies for Haiti relief
Contact: Rene Abadie
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Southeastern freshman Kyle Wolf of Walker, left, and Jonathan Ambrose, director of the Student Union, load supplies destined for Haiti. Faculty, staff and students joined with the Southeastern Lab School to raise funds and collect health and hygiene supplies to send to the devastated nation through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
HAMMOND – In a united effort to provide support for relief efforts in Haiti, the Southeastern Louisiana University community raised more than $4,600 and compiled nearly 1,000 health kits to be sent to the earthquake-devastated nation.
Faculty, staff and students joined with the Southeastern Lab School to raise the funds and collect the supplies used to make the small health and hygiene supply kits to be sent directly to the Haitian people. Donations were also accepted from members of the area community. The kits contained personal items such as wash clothes and hand towels, bandages, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste and other supplies.
The campaign – “Southeastern Supports Haiti” – was coordinated by a task force headed by Vice President of Student Affairs Marvin Yates and Celina Echols, associate professor in the College of Education and Human Development.
“After the assistance our region received following the hurricanes of 2005, it’s only appropriate that we try to help our neighbors in Haiti in any way we can,” said Yates.
He gave special recognition to the faculty and students at the Southeastern Lab School who raised $1,000 in donations and did much of the work in packaging the kits.
The funds and kits are being delivered to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), a national non-profit organization based in the community of Baldwin, La., which has already procured customs clearance to ship the kits and is working with relief efforts in Haiti.
“We have been assured that 100 percent of the donations will go directly to helping the people of Haiti,” Yates said.