Haitian disaster relief comes home to CCC students & staff

By: Diane De Haro

Unless you have been living under a rock you have heard about the tragedy that happened in Haiti.

On January 12, 2010 an earthquake that lasted a meagher 35 seconds changed the lives of hundreds forever. A 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti, leaving thousands dead and thousands to mourn the loss of their loved ones. Families have been separated due to loss of communication.

The damage that was done to Haiti is going to cost millions of dollars to fix. It is obvious they need help to repair their homes. People are suffering just to find  find food and a place to lay their heads at night.

One can only imagine what it must feel like to go through such a traumatic experience. Just the thought of children and ill people suffering even more should be enough for others to want to help.

During times like these, we all need to come together and really lend a helping hand. We have all seen the celebrities donating money and making inspirational music videos for them. There have been commercials of President Barack Obama’s wife, Michelle Obama, making announcements to help the people of Haiti.

Places like shopping centers and restaurants have also had boxes where people are able to drop in whatever they can to help.  Sonia De Haro, a student here at CCC, said “It feels good that so many people are willing to help out thousands of people that they may never see in person. Just knowing that the little money you can give all adds up and could eventually provide food or shelter for them is an awesome feeling!”

Without hesitation many people here at Cumberland County College have already extended a hand to help out all the unfortunate people that have had to experience such a tragedy. CCC has done their part on helping the people of Haiti. The Amnesty Club held a “Hearts for Haiti” bake sale on Wednesday February 17. They were able to raise 300.00 dollars for Haiti relief.

Teachers were also able to donate money which allows them to wear jeans on Wednesdays. All proceeds were given to Haitian relief. There were buckets at every basketball game after the incident so that people could donate as they pleased.

Our hearts and thoughts go out to the people of Haiti.


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