Local businesses contribute to Haiti relief

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January 18, 2010 // UPDATED 10:56 am - January 21, 2010
By: Kathryn Holahan
Kathryn Holahan

Print for a Change, a printing company that donates 50-percent of its profits to help children in Haiti, is hosting a fundraising event for Haiti relief tonight from 6-9 p.m. at the Graves 601 Ballroom, located at 601 N. 1st Ave.

All donations and proceeds from drink sales and selling T-shirts and handmade art from Haiti will go to Healing Haiti, a non-profit organization providing food, water, housing and education to Haitians.

If you would like to help out but are unable to attend the event, you can donate online at buya.org/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=64_62.   

Print for a Change is not the only local business making an effort to provide relief in Haiti. Many other Minnesota-based companies are donating supplies to the American Refugee Committee. Companies and groups include Best Buy, Malt-O-Meal, Stat Technologies, Nechama, Park Nicollet, Iridium, SatComm Group, Solar Lighting, Skylink Aviation, Great Clips, First Universalist Church, the Mosaic Company, Mortenson Construction, Allina, DART Transit and Fairview.

Donated supplies include tents, tarps and plastic sheeting, roping, medical and surgical supplies, respirator masks, satellite phones, solar lighting and ready-to-eat meals. The items will be transported by truck to Miami where a cargo plane will take them to Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital city. They are scheduled to arrive in Haiti early next week.

To make a donation, visit ARCrelief.org.