As people around the globe raise millions to help the people of Haiti, the Alice community is also doing its part to help Haitians put their lives together. The earthquake killed more than 111,000 individuals and left about 700,000 living on the streets, according to The Associated Press.
Alice business employees and school students saw the trauma following the earthquake that struck Haiti and felt a need to do something to assist.
Chente’s Restaurant employees are collecting cases of bottled water and challenge other businesses in the area to donate water to the cause.
“We just saw the tragedy over there in the news and we wanted to reach out,” said Sadie Gonzalez, co-manager with her husband, Charlie Gonzalez of Chente’s.
She said the public is encouraged to drop off cases of water during business hours. Gonzalez said they partnered with the Corpus Christi chapter of the American Red Cross to have the organization pick up the water and deliver it to Haiti.
“It doesn’t matter what brand, as long as it’s bottled water,” she said. “We want to have quite a bit. I was hoping to have over 500 cases or more, so we have a lot to collect.”
Gonzalez said they would continue to collect water until mid-February.
Across town at Wingstop, the employees and customers collected change and monetary donations via a plastic container on the front counter; and on Monday the employees sent the money to the San Antonio chapter of the Red Cross for Haiti victims.
“I talked to the crew and we decided to have a donation drive,” said Nikki Garcia, manager of Wingstop.
They collected $171 during a two-week period.
According to The Associated Press, Friday’s “Hope for Haiti Now” telethon raised $58 million, divided among seven charities including the American Red Cross, the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, Oxfam America, Partners in Health, UNICEF, the United Nations World Food Programme and the Yele Haiti Foundation.
The students of St. Joseph Catholic School are still collecting funds for the Haitian people. Last week, the principal sent a letter to parents asking for donations.
The letter read, “We in Alice, Texas, are blessed not to have received any devastation from any weather-related or catastrophic incidents in a long time. Many cities and communities in different parts of the world have not been as fortunate. In Haiti, many families have lost their lives, loved ones, homes and possessions from the devastating earthquake they suffered…”
The donations will be given to the American Red Cross or Catholic Relief Services.
“We are still collecting and the student council is helping with the drive,” said St. Joseph Catholic School Principal Mary R. Sandoval. “The parents have been very supportive and the children have been touched by that situation.”