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Local Haitian relief efforts

The Rev. Jean Claude Presendieu, of Bethesda Haitian Evangelical Church, 3505 Fifth St. E., Bradenton, recently accepted donations from Bradenton Preparatory School students Yuvish Singh, 13, and his sister Nikera, 10.

The Singh children and their sisters, Khmera, 10, and Diya, 6, used their own money to purchase food and water for the earthquake victims in Haiti. Yuvish Singh, an eighth-grade student, also was coordinating a campaign at his school to raise donations of food and clothing to be shipped to Haiti.

Other local relief efforts this week include: n The Executive Committee of the Longboat Island Chapel approved $5,000.00 to support Haitian Relief efforts through Doctors Without Borders. The members and friends of the Longboat Island Chapel were asked to match those funds during the service later that morning and contributed additional funds totaling $6,699 for a combined total of $11,699. The Chapel is proud of its members and Friends and their fast action and compassion in the face of this tragedy. Donations can still be sent to the Chapel’s office, as the recovery has just begun. Mark your donation “Hope For Haiti.”

n Braden River Elementary School’s Student Council is organizing a “Coins for Kids” collection to support the children of Haiti. Each classroom will have a water bottle to collect loose change that is donated by students, families, and staff. Donations will be accepted through Feb. 1. All donations will be given to the American Red Cross as part of the Manatee County Schools Earthquake Disaster Relief Effort.

n Students and employees at State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota will be accepting funds, clothes and medical supplies can be donated 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday in the Performance Pavilion of SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W. Items will be donated to the Salvation Army and other charitable organizations providing relief to Haiti.

n Gulfcoast Legal Services will provide free legal representation to Haitians applying for Temporary Protected Status.

To qualify applicants must be a Haitian National residing in the United States on Jan. 12. The registration period ends July 20.

For more information call (727) 821-0726, ext. 376, or (800) 230-5920, ext. 376.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Log on to Bradenton.com/haiti to find a list of local charity efforts and more information.

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