Posted: 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 2nd, 2010
Decorah Covenant Church at 115 Washington Street has agreed to serve as the local collecting site for "Helping Hands for Haiti," a campaign to raise dry formula, milk, wet ones and diapers for Ruuska Village, a Christian orphanage located 7 miles from Port-au-Prince.
The church is accepting donations of powdered formula, dry milk, diapers and wet-wipes between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m through Sunday, February 14th. Donations will then be taken to Florida, from where they will be transported to the orphanage. Cash donations can also be sent to Helping Hands For Haiti, 1003 Grand Street, Guthrie Center, IA 50115.
The project is the brainchild of former Decorah resident Kim Grinna, and actually began this fall prior to the earthquake. Kim's sister has adopted several orphans from this orphanage in the past and Kim's niece has been working at the orphanage since August of 2009.
Kim challenged her own children to try to feel the pain of the orphans in Haiti for just one day. After watching a video about conditions in pre-quake Haiti the family was moved to start this project. Their initial goal that was 500 cans of powdered formula along with other desperately needed items such as dry milk, wet ones and diapers. However, the needs of the orphanage have increased tremendously following the earthquake, so Decorah resident Andrea Carlson decided to expand the Haitian milk project beyond the original Des Moines area to include Decorah.
For more information, please contact Andrea Carlson (382-1409) or Kim Grinna (641-332-2396).