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Bethany: Hands to Haiti

Members of the Bethany community have teamed up with International Relief and Development (IRD) to implement a number of programs designed to raise funds and support for victims of the recent catastrophe in Haiti.

IRD, founded by Dr. Arthur B. Keys, Jr. '67,  is one of the premier organizations implementing development services and programs across a broad spectrum of regions and technical activities.

The movement has been named “Bethany: Hands to Haiti.”  Elizabeth de Jong, Dean of Students; Danielle Radcliffe, Americorps Recovery Vista Coordinator; Scott Thayer, Chaplain and Pastor of Bethany Memorial Church; and Laurie Conway, Coordinator of Student Activities are coordinating the efforts.

A Kindle Raffle, open to faculty, staff and students, will be held. Tickets are $1, or individuals can purchase 10 for $5. Sales begin today, Friday, and the tickets are available in the Student Life office from Danielle Radcliffe and Scott Thayer. A winner will be drawn and announced at the First Friday Coffee House on February 5.

A Coin/Money Drive (“Vote for Your Favorite Luxury” with pictures of water, food, clothes, family, roof and more) will be held during meal times in Boomer’s, the Dining Hall and The Beanery. “Project Red” will include a week of activities focused on raising awareness and funds for Haiti, to be held February 22-27. Events will include a “Red” food competition and fashion show. A Haitian dinner is also being organized in order to raise funds and increase awareness. Students will be asked for donations, and the event will be open to the local community.
 
Other activities will include donation cans being placed in local businesses and basketball “admission” donations. 

To contribute to Bethany's and IRD's efforts in Haiti, click here.