More than $15,000 Raised to Benefit Earthquake Victims in Haiti

February 08, 2010

"Hugs for Haiti," a fundraising effort established by the Fellowship for Christian Athletes and other Mount Union student organizations, has raised $15,952.03 to help the earthquake victims in Haiti.

The goal of the fundraising effort has been to raise money for the Pierre Garcon Hope Project, established by Pierre Garcon, former Mount Union All-American football standout, who is of Haitian descent. Money raised through the project will support the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission, which provides for schools, food programs, orphanages, medical clinics, agricultural development, churches and a Bible college for the people of Haiti.

The project, co-sponsored by radio stations WDJQ Q92 FM and AM 1310 WDPN, was initiated on Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, January 24. Throughout the weekend, Mount Union students, faculty and staff collected donations from patrons of participating businesses in the Alliance community.

 “Last week when the relief effort was being planned I knew that any amount we could raise would impact the lives of others, but I never thought we would raise this much money,” said Jay Carpenter, senior biology major and vice president of the Fellowship for Christian Athletes. “It is funny how the gift of giving is contagious. The students of Mount Union wanted to do something to make a difference - and with the generous contributions from many, we will."

On Sunday, January 31, students collected donations from area churches.

For those who would like to donate to Hugs for Haiti, “virtual hugs” can be sent via the Internet from now until Super Bowl Sunday at Individuals can donate securely using a credit card by clicking on the donate link and completing the form.

Along with Mount Union, WDJQ Q92 FM and AM 1310 WDPN, Sheetz Stores and Jo-Rae Sales also provided cash and services to make this relief effort possible. For more information, visit or call (330) 485-6962.

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