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In wake of the recent disaster in Haiti, many people are looking for ways to help the victims. There are various ways to do so on a local level, and some businesses are already making a difference. From big to small, fundraisers and donations are giving Sacramentans ways to reach out to Haiti. With the damage still unknown, there is still more we can do to help.
Here’s what you can do to help with disaster relief in Haiti:
-Local businesses and communities can take the initiative to raise and donate funds to the Sacramento-Sierra Chapter of the American Red Cross, whose spokeswoman Trista Jensen says, “The best thing that people can do right now is to make a donation.”
KCRA 3 is joining with the Sacramento Sierra American Red Cross chapter to raise funds to help the victims in Haiti. On Monday from 4:30 a.m. until 7 p.m., the station’s Call 3 volunteers will be taking calls at 916-447-2255 if you'd like to make a donation.
Reach out to a local business you frequent and ask them to donate a percentage of their sales for one day, one hour, or even one item. Also, consider contributing to efforts already set in place, especially if it means shopping, dining, or attending events at an alternative venue that will donate some of those sales.
Raley’s, the West Sacramento-based grocer, has set up checkstand collection boxes for American Red Cross aid to Haiti at all 134 Raley’s, Bel Air, Nob Hill Foods and Food Source stores, beginning Saturday. Raley’s will accept donations through Feb. 13 and said Friday that it will give 100 percent of the donations directly to the American Red Cross and will pay for all its administrative costs.
Also joining the efforts is Punch Line Comedy Club , who will be hosting a comedy benefit February 2nd and will donate 100 percent of it’s ticket sales to Haitian relief. On February 17th Marilyn's will be hosting "Helping Hands for Haiti," a benefit show featuring local artists (visit soulsandsounds.com for more information).
Do you know of other local fundraisers planned? Are there restaurants, entertainment venues, or other local businesses pitching in to donate to the victims of the Haiti earthquake? If so, we want to spotlight them on The Sacramento Press. Please comment below or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check back this upcoming week for more information about how you can contribute to local efforts.