Thursday, January 28, 2010
In the wake of the devastation suffered by Haiti from the recent earthquakes, the University of West Georgia has created a special UWG Haiti Relief Fund that will give the public an opportunity to support emergency relief and recovery efforts for those in need.
The needs of the people affected by the earthquakes are numerous, including safe water, food, medical supplies and hygiene kits. Critical services and the infrastructure necessary for aid distribution have suffered severe damage, making relief efforts more challenging.
But the compassion and generosity of spirit of those who can help, including the UWG community, can brighten this darkest hour.
The financial support of donors to the UWG Haiti Relief Fund will contribute to providing assistance to the displaced population, many of whom have lost everything.
Other relief efforts undertaken by the campus community include a health kit drive, in which contributors gathered supplies from a prescribed list to send to Haiti, and a benefit concert that was held at UWG’s Campus Center on Jan. 27 for the American Red Cross’s work in Haiti.
To donate to the relief fund, call 678-839-6582 or go to www.westga.edu/alumni/ and click on the Online Giving tab on the left of the page, and in the Gift Designation section, type UWG Haiti Relief Fund.
For more information on the Operation Haiti Benefit Concert, go to http://www.westga.edu/haiti.
For more information on what Health Kit supplies are required, go to http://new.gbgm-umc.org/umcor/getconnected/supplies/health-kit.
There are many online resources for information and ways to help victims of the earthquake. UWG will update the resource list daily.