March 3, 2010

Local Haiti Dispatches

From staff and news services

Group collecting vitamins for malnourished survivors

Seeds of Independence, a Freeport-based group that provides volunteer opportunities for youths, is working to collect 1 million vitamin pills for earthquake victims in Haiti.

Adult and youth volunteers will deliver the vitamins when they leave March 27 for the organization’s 11th annual trip to La Romana, in the Dominican Republic.

Vitamins are critically needed as many earthquake survivors suffer from malnutrition and related diseases. Vitamins or donations to buy them can be sent to Seeds of Independence, P.O. Box 8, Freeport, ME 04032.

Tent donations sought by LifeChurch in Gorham

LifeChurch in Gorham is collecting tents for shipment to Haiti before the rainy season starts at the end of March.

Many earthquake survivors in Haiti are living beneath scraps of cardboard and cloth, which will be inadequate when the rains hit, say organizers of the multi-ministry effort.

Tents are being shipped to regional collection points, then trucked to Miami, where they will be shipped to Haiti. LifeChurch will have a collection at its location at 8 Elkins Road, where people can drop off tents that can accommodate three people or more.

The deadline for donations is March 21.

Maine-made generators to power Haitian schools

The Lyman Morse Boatbuilding Co. and Pegasus Capital Advisors are providing a pair of solar-powered generators to the MakeIt Right Foundation for use in Haiti.

Lyman Morse, a family owned, Thomaston-based company, builds custom yachts and electronic systems for them. Its ZeroBase renewable energy units, worth about $20,000 each, were shipped to Haiti and will be used initially to provide power to schools.

Make It Right was founded in 2007 by actor Brad Pitt after New Orleans’ Ninth Ward was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

South Portland kids raise $3,865 with math-a-thon

Brown Elementary School in South Portland put learning to good use recently as 283 students, kindergarten through grade 5, held a math-a-thon to raise money for Haitian earthquake relief.

The students raised $3,865 for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s “Haiti Relief for Children.”

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