underway to give to earthquake victims
Local hands reach out to Haiti
Wanda English Burnett
The cry for help from those directly affected by the earthquake
in Haiti last Tuesday, January 12 has been heard around the world
and Ripley County has joined those responding.
The quake that measured a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 has had a
horrific impact on hundreds of thousands of people in one of the
poorest countries in the world. It rocked the capital city of Haiti,
Port-au-Prince ,and reporters have shown death and destruction like
people have not seen before.
News stations constantly report from the tragic scene and help is
desperately needed in many ways.
According to Executive Director of the Ripley County Red Cross,
Sandy Vanderbur, local residents can help and never leave their
The Ripley County Red Cross is working with the International Red
Cross to raise money to send food, water, shelter, medical assistance
and emotional support to thousands.
Its easy to send a donation. All you have to do is text message
90999, then text the word HAITI and you will be billed $10.00 on
your next phone bill with all the money going to help the Red Cross
assist those in need. You can also send a monetary donation to Ripley
County Red Cross, P.O. Box 221, Versailles, IN 47042, and mark Haiti
Earthquake in the memo.
Hill-Rom, Batesville, has created a Disaster Relief Matching Donation
program for their employees. Any employee of the company can donate
and the company will match their donation 100 percent.
The Lions Club International Foundation has responded to the need
as well. A day after the earthquake in Haiti, the organization awarded
a $50,000 Major Catastrophe Grant to support immediate disaster
relief efforts. They have established a designated fund, LCIF
Haiti Earthquake Relief for the disaster. Checks can be made
payable to LCIF, 300 W. 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL 60523, attention:
Donor Services. You can also call to make a credit card donation
by phone at 630-571-5466, ext. 517 or 581 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
You can go online at www.lcif.org/donate.
Member of the Versailles Lions Club and world traveler, John Halford,
noted that he has been in the area affected by the earthquake and
knows the need is great. He urges people to give to this great need.