Haiti Relief Fundraising Unites Truman and the Kirksville Community

In reaction to the Haitian Earthquake, the Truman and Kirksville communities are coming together to raise money for Partners in Health, an organization that has worked in Haiti for two decades.

Truman’s chapter of GlobeMed has opted to name events after Partners in Health’s “Stand with Haiti” campaign to promote the organization. Truman’s Stand with Haiti campaign is hosting a benefit concert at 8 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Journal Printing Building in downtown Kirksville. The event will feature the band Deadwood, composed of several Truman faculty members. Admission is $8, or $5 with a student ID, with all proceeds going to Partners in Health.

In 2008, students from Truman’s GlobeMed chapter traveled to Hispaniola, the island encompassing both Haiti and the Dominican Republic. While there the students taught maternal health education among sugarcane field workers. Truman’s GlobeMed chapter partners with Maison de Naissance, a birthing clinic in Haiti. The clinic was not harmed by the earthquake, however, due to the destruction in Haiti’s capital, there is much needed support in ensuring citizens are receiving adequate care and supplies.

In conjunction with GlobeMed, students in English 503: Gender Studies, are hosting “Slam for Haiti,” a poetry slam at 9 p.m. Jan. 28 at Il Spazio. Admission is free, but donations are being accepted at the door. All proceeds will go to Partners in Health through Truman’s GlobeMed chapter.

For more information about what Truman is doing to help, visit http://www.truman.edu/pages/184.asp?autoid=15.

There are other ways to provide relief to the Haitians. Those interested can also donate $10 to Partners in Health by texting GIVE to 25383.
The American Red Cross is also accepting text donations. Text HAITI to 90999 to make a $10 donation to support the American Red Cross Haiti relief efforts. Donations can also be made to the local Red Cross Chapter at 315 S. Franklin, Kirksville, MO 63501.

The Salvation Army is offering three ways to donate. Donations can be made online at http://www.salvationarmy.org, by texting Haiti to 52000 or by sending a check to the local Salvation Army at 1004 Gardner St., Kirksville, MO 63501.

Visit http://mgive.com/A for information about text donations.

The Northeast Regional Professional Development Center at Truman will be collecting hygiene “Kits 4 Kids” donations Feb. 2 at the National Guard Armory at 500 S. Elson Street. For complete details on the kits go to http://rpdc.truman.edu/kits4kids.asp.

Save Haiti Relief Week

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Feb. 1-2
McClain Hall

Feb. 3-5
Student Union Building

This collaborative relief effort has representatives from at least seven student organizations distributing information and collecting donations to help the earthquake victims in Haiti.

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