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Schools, business find creative ways to raise support for Haiti

Relief efforts are under way locally to help thousands of Haitian survivors who were forced into the streets and elsewhere after a devastating earthquake hit there Jan. 12.

In Thomson, money is being raised by employees of the McDuffie County Board of Education to be sent to the American Red Cross for their efforts to help survivors.

Locally, teachers and other staff members of schools in the McDuffie County School System participated in dress-down days, which allowed them to wear casual clothing the last two Wednesdays of this month.

Employees who participated on the dress-down days got to wear blue jeans, T-shirts, sweatshirts, tennis shoes and other casual attire. A donation of $5 was collected from each of the participants -- all of which will be sent to the Red Cross.

The amount of money raised through this effort is expected to be released later this week.

"I hope that we are all willing to donate to this worthy cause, whether or not we elect to participate in the dress-down days," said Mr. LeBrun in a recent e-mail to employees. "Thousands and thousands of fellow human beings are in desperate need of our support."

In addition, Willie Myrick, the owner of Prime Time Car Wash on Main Street in Thomson, is doing his part to help earthquake survivors in Haiti.

For the past two weeks, Mr. Myrick has been accepting donations of bottled water and various canned goods for the Haitian Church of Augusta. The items will be taken to Haiti sometime soon.

Anyone wishing to donate bottled water or assorted canned goods is asked to bring them to the car wash as soon as possible.

"We need to find a way deep down in our hearts to help these people," said Mr. Myrick. "They are in real bad need of our help."

Others wanting to help are reminded that the American Red Cross is accepting monetary donations. Another opportunity to donate is through: or by calling 1-877-99-Haiti.

Web posted on Thursday, January 28, 2010

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