DCCC History Club members raise $500 for Haitian victims of catastrophic earthquake

This article can be found published in the March 1, 2010 issue of Delaware County Community College’s newspaper, “The Communitarian.”
Devastation raged the small country of Haiti on Jan. 12. (Getty Images)

Devastation raged the small country of Haiti on Jan. 12. (Getty Images)

A devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, its epicenter roughly 15 kilometers southwest of the nation’s capital, Port-au-Prince.

The quake devastated much of the country and the death toll has climbed to more than 200,000 over the last three weeks. People and organizations across the United States have helped to donate money and supplies. One such organization is DCCC’s Student History Club.

Professor Joseph Myers of the History Department proposed the idea of setting up the fundraising event by the Student History Club. The cub exceeded expectations by collecting over $500, mnost of which was spare change, during the four-day period from Jan. 19 through Jan. 22.

Two collection tables were set up at the school, one in front of the cafeteria and the other by the large auditorium.

Laptop computers were used at the tables to monitor up-to-date news reports coming out of Haiti.

“Student members of the DCCC Student History Club immediately responded to the call for volunteers to organize and run the event,” said Jeffrey LaMonica, Assistant Professor of History.

“Nearly a dozen different students manned the collection tables throughout the week,” LaMonica continued. “We are deeply grateful for their efforts.”

The Student History Club, in association with Campus Life, organized the collection. The money raised was sent to the Red Cross to make sure it was put to good use in Haiti.

“A couple of our student volunteers were natives of Haiti,” said LaMonica. “They were unable to reach their family members in Haiti while they were assisting us in collecting funds for the Red Cross. We owe a debt of gratitude to them.”


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