High School Red Cross Club Collects Funds for Haiti

The Red Cross Club’s movement to collect funds for assisting Haiti victims will continue through February 5.

Written by SOPHIA CHANG / Published January 29, 2010

A series of massive earthquakes ranging from 6.5 to 7.3 in magnitude hit Haiti on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, killing around 70,000 people and devastating its already poor economy. According to CNN, Haiti is “the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and among the poorest in the world”.

Since last Friday, the Red Cross Club of Temple City High School has been taking part in an international movement to collect Haiti relief funds. Donation boxes are carried around by Red Cross Club members and are also placed in various locations throughout TCHS, such as the Media Center, Activities Office, and Counselor’s office.

Boxes and envelopes will be placed in each classroom this week.

Another club on campus, the American Cancer Society, is partnering up with Red Cross Club for this fundraiser, and their members are carrying envelopes to help collect donations.

“At this time, helping out is crucial,” says Vice President Samantha Yin. “Seeing pictures and watching videos through the media, everyone is willing to help. To the general public, I’d have to say that everyone is capable of donating a little bit of loose change here and there. This fundraiser does not benefit us at all, but the people in Haiti need whatever they can get.”

Red Cross Club was given 40 boxes by the Temple City Post Office to start the movement. According to Yin, there are approximately 40 boxes in distributed among classes and club members.

All collected money will go towards American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

For those who are unable to reach donation sites, online contributions can be made at http://www.american.redcross.org

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