HWS students continue to respond to the needs of Haitians in the aftermath of the earthquake. Among those inspired by the need for supplies and support is senior Laura Martin, who decided to use friendly competition as the impetus for aid. She challenged her friends who are members of fraternities to compete to see who can raise the most medical supplies or money throughout the month of February. The fraternity that collects the most supplies and money will be awarded a prize (to be determined by Martin). The supplies will be donated to Medical Missionaries (www.medmissionaries.org), a non-profit organization based in Manassas, Va.
Medical Missionaries was established in 1997 to provide healthcare and medical supplies to the poorest regions of the world. Their clinic in Haiti is located in Thomassique, about 80 miles outside Port-au-Prince. The clinic is still functioning and experienced no structural damage after the recent earthquake. The organization is accepting donations of soap, shampoo/conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, Q-tips, cotton balls, lotion, deodorant, gauze, tissues, baby wipes, diapers, tweezers, clippers, bandages, latex gloves, hand sanitizer, over the counter medications, sanitary napkins/tampons, and first aid kits.
As a way to bolster fundraising and supply-collection efforts, a benefit concert will be held at Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity on Friday, Feb. 19 from 8 to 11 p.m. Cost of admission is an item of clothing, a medical supply, or $2 to be donated to Medical Missionaries.
Meanwhile, through Sunday, Feb. 21, Martin will be working with the Current Events House and Community Service House to collect clothing. Boxes will be placed in residence halls, Scandling Campus Center and Bristol Field House. The HWS and Geneva communities are invited to drop off their clothing or medical items to the Bristol Field House on the final collection day, Feb. 21.
“I wanted to provide a few more opportunities in addition to the ones already presented to the campus,” says Martin. “Medical Missionaries is a worthwhile organization. I want to get as many people on campus involved as possible.”
Those wishing to donate medical supplies, clothing, or money (checks made payable to Medical Missionaries INC) can choose to support a fraternity in their quest to raise the most supplies or can drop their donations in the drop boxes located around campus. Contact Martin for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.