Group launches Haiti relief effort

Commerce – Effective Monday, the Caribbean Students Association at Texas A&M University-Commerce has launched the Message to Haiti Campaign. The campaign will seek to raise funds to assist in the earthquake relief efforts, and continued coordinated efforts to restore normalcy to the nation of Haiti.

For a donation of $2.00 donors may write a small message of hope to the people of Haiti. The hand written message will be placed in a balloon on March 23rd, which will then be released into the sky in a ceremony honoring the approximately the 200,000 lives lost, and the over 1 million internally displaced people.

A formal letter will be crafted, which will include samples of the messages written by donors, this letter will be addressed to Rene Garcia Perval, the president of Haiti. The letter will be delivered to the Consulate General, Mr. Ralph Latortue of the Haitian Consulate in Miami on behalf of the students, faculty and staff at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

All donations will be sent to the Red Cross for assistance in the relief efforts. Student organizations and academic departments may choose to submit donations on behalf of their organizations.

Such organizational donation will, on March 23rd, secure the release of a gold colored balloon in honor of the people of Haiti and in recognition of the donation by the organization.

The name of the organization and or academic department will be included in the letter to President Perval. The minimum donation for organizational/departmental sponsorship is $50.00.

For more information on the Message to Haiti Campaign, or to make a donation, please contact:

Dimitri Lyon - 903-468-8755 or send an email to:
Omar Brown - 903-886-5629 or send an email to:

The Caribbean Students Association (CaribSA) at Texas A&M University-Commerce will host a donation table at the Sam Rayburn Student Center every weekday Monday-Friday between the hours of 11am-2pm for donations, beginning Monday, February 15th to Monday, March 22, 2010.