From staff reports
Business students and faculty at Missouri Southern State University have launched an effort to aid victims of earthquake-damaged Haiti.
Collection cans for donations to the “Joplin Helps Haiti” effort are being circulated by those at the Robert W. Plaster School of Business Administration at MSSU.
Their campaign is called “The Power of ‘2’ Community Partnership.”
Kim Gray, project manager for the campaign, said in a news release issued by the university that the number “two” refers to the difference two or more people can make when they work toward a goal.
Those conducting the drive hope to raise $12,000 and are encouraging everyone on the campus to donate a minimum of $2. They also are seeking donations from alumni. Gray said that could potentially raise the collection to $20,000.
Groups or individuals who make donations of certain levels will be recognized. The designations to be recognized are $50-$99, “Friend of Haiti”; $100 to $199, bronze; $200 to $299, silver; $300 to $499, gold; and more than $500, platinum.
The drive runs until March 5.
Those willing to put out a collection can may call Becky Wiley at the business school, 417-625-9371.
Checks made out to the Haitian Relief Fund and noted for the MSSU-Joplin effort can be mailed to Gray in care of the school at 3950 E. Newman Road, Joplin, MO 64801.
On campus, donations may be taken to Room 310 in Plaster Hall or arrangements can be made for pickup by calling 417-625-9371.
More information about the local relief effort can be found at www.joplinghelpshaiti.com.
Day of mourning
Atop the rubble of destroyed churches, in parks and on sidewalks, thousands of Haitians prayed Friday in a national day of mourning, one month after a magnitude-7 earthquake killed more than 200,000 and left this Caribbean country struggling for survival.
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