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Red Cross Club leads Haiti efforts

As the severe situation following the major earthquake in Haiti continues to make headlines, many clubs are stepping up to lend a hand. In response, the Red Cross Club gathered donations by distributing envelopes to all classrooms at the school.

“We’ve gotten actually a lot of benefit from that,” said Red Cross Club president sophomore Lillian Chen.

The club collected more than $700 with the proceeds going to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund.

Some other clubs are also holding events to add to the school-wide effort.

The multicultural club contributed to the efforts with a bake sale during 7th period and after school on Jan. 25. Members of the club sold baked goods as well as hot chocolate to wet, cold students while simultaneously raising money for a good cause.

“We’re supporting different cultures around the world,” said club president Shir Nehama, while helping to sell cookies at the top of the quad steps. “We thought that it’s our responsibility to send in money to the Red Cross to support them.”

The profits amounted to around $130.

“We’re going to give it to the Red Cross because we don’t want to give it to some organization that we can’t rely on,” said Nehama.

In addition, Tzu Chi, otherwise known as the TC club, is planning to revive the Haiti efforts later on.

“TC club is not doing anything for Haiti in these few weeks,” said sophomore club president Cynthia Huang. “[However], we’re going to do fundraising in the future, which can help the Haitians reconstruct their homes and schools.” The club is probably going to raise money by selling baked goods and pearl milk tea.

This is important, said Huang, because due to the heavy, long-term damage, people in Haiti don’t only “need money now, but [will] also in the future.”

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