Local students washing cars for Haiti today

With a return flight to Haiti scheduled to depart early next week, The Out-of-Door Academy is accepting monetary and supply donations 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. today at the student car wash at Tire Kingdom, U.S. 41 and Bee Ridge Road.

Items also can be dropped off at the airport hangar at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport 1-4 p.m. To reach the hangar, turn east off U.S. 41 at the Ingman Marine sign.

The first flight, filled with last weekend's contributions, touched down 2:44 p.m. Tuesday. The supplies made it safely into the hands of those on the ground and were put to use immediately.

After a few days on the island, the doctors have requested more specific items including:

Newborn diapers, Pedialyte with bottle attached, baby blankets, cotton blankets, Kotex pads, and white, flat sheets;

Tarps, lightweight rope, duct tape, and clothespins;

Individually wrapped snacks such as granola bars, Fig Newtons, peanut butter and cheese crackers, raisins, and peanuts;

Betadyne, alcohol, surgical gloves, gauze pads and rolls, ace bandages, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, gallon-size Ziplock bags, small plastic wash tubs, and clear plastic, 18-gallon containers.

More information can be found on The Out-of-Door Academy’s website at