Mount Union Students Raise $8,500 to Benefit Earthquake Victims in Haiti

January 29, 2010

"Hugs for Haiti," a fundraising effort established by the Fellowship for Christian Athletes and other Mount Union student organizations, raised $8,500 this weekend to help the earthquake victims in Haiti.

The project, co-sponsored by radio stations WDJQ Q92 FM and AM 1310 WDPN, was held 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. The goal of the fundraising effort is to raise money for the Pierre Garcon Hope Project, established by Pierre Garcon former Mount Union All-American football standout and current wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts, 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.

On Saturday, Q92’s morning show co-host Charlotte DiFranco broadcasted live periodicallyQ92's Charlotte DiFranco and Jay Carpenter from Sheetz in Alliance, and a total of $6,172.23 was raised through combined efforts at that location and 25 others throughout the city. Despite damp and dreary weather on Sunday, community members were still out in Alliance donating for the cause. A total of $2,327.77 was raised, bringing the weekend's proceeds to a grand total of $8,500. Individuals also have the ability to donate via the Internet, and online contributions have yet to be added to the total raised.

“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."

For those who would like to donate to Hugs for Haiti, “virtual hugs” can be sent via the Internet at Individuals can donate securely using a credit card by clicking on the donate link and completing the form. Mount Union students will also be collecting donations at area churches for the next two weeks.

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.

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