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‘Drive Thru’ Haiti relief effort set for Pulaski

Pulaski County resident, Ellen Mitchell, in conjunction with the local American Red Cross office, has organized a Haiti Relief Effort for Pulaski County
The event will take place Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Emergency vehicles will be set up at Food Lion on East Main Street in Pulaski, Wades Supermarket in Dublin, and Food Lion on Peppers Ferry Blvd. in Fairlawn, to take money donations.
Having lost her own daughter tragically a few years ago, Mitchell knows the pain felt by the parent’s in Haiti that have lost their children, but cannot comprehend how it must feel to sit and watch your child die from injuries or starvation without any hope.
So with the assistance from Autumn DeHart and other volunteers, she has organized an event that will include everyone in the County.
Emergency vehicles will be set up at the three locations so people can "drive by" without ever having to get out of their vehicles, and drop their monetary donations off with a volunteer.
Mitchell realizes these are hard economic times in the New River Valley as well as the country, but feels that there may be people that want to give, but do not feel they have enough money to donate to feel comfortable.
"Some people may not have but a dollar, but that may feed a hungry child for a long time,” she said.
Mitchell would also like to challenge local businesses, churches, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, school organizations and civic organizations to make donations.
If they can’t come by the drop off sites, they may make their tax deductible checks out to the American Red Cross and mail them to Ellen Mitchell, 44 3rd St. N. W., Pulaski, VA 24301. Please do this by the day of the event.
All donations will immediately be given to the Red Cross office in Radford. Mitchell said, "Sometimes people feel more comfortable making donations to a familiar face rather than through a toll-free number. Hopefully, there will be familiar faces there to greet you when you drive up to make your donation."
Pulaski is a very giving place, she said. We always try to take care of our own. Now it is time to help others in desperate need.
According to the Red Cross, they can no loner accept items, due to the port in Haiti being destroyed.
They need monetary donations in order to buy food, water, and medical supplies locally that can be airlifted in, until the other supplies can be delivered.
"I know that Pulaski will embrace this effort and find it in their hearts to give what they can, no matter how big or small,” she said. “Pennies, dimes, dollars or checks will be greatly appreciated. There is nothing quite like the feeling of giving.”
An inclement weather date has yet to be announced.

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‘Drive Thru’ Haiti relief effort set for Pulaski

Pulaski County resident, Ellen Mitchell, in conjunction with the local American Red Cross office, has organized a Haiti Relief Effort for Pulaski County
The event will take place Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Emergency vehicles will be set up at Food Lion on East Main Street in Pulaski, Wades Supermarket in Dublin, and Food Lion on Peppers Ferry Blvd. in Fairlawn, to take money donations.
Having lost her own daughter tragically a few years ago, Mitchell knows the pain felt by the parent’s in Haiti that have lost their children, but cannot comprehend how it must feel to sit and watch your child die from injuries or starvation without any hope.
So with the assistance from Autumn DeHart and other volunteers, she has organized an event that will include everyone in the County.
Emergency vehicles will be set up at the three locations so people can "drive by" without ever having to get out of their vehicles, and drop their monetary donations off with a volunteer.
Mitchell realizes these are hard economic times in the New River Valley as well as the country, but feels that there may be people that want to give, but do not feel they have enough money to donate to feel comfortable.
"Some people may not have but a dollar, but that may feed a hungry child for a long time,” she said.
Mitchell would also like to challenge local businesses, churches, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, school organizations and civic organizations to make donations.
If they can’t come by the drop off sites, they may make their tax deductible checks out to the American Red Cross and mail them to Ellen Mitchell, 44 3rd St. N. W., Pulaski, VA 24301. Please do this by the day of the event.
All donations will immediately be given to the Red Cross office in Radford. Mitchell said, "Sometimes people feel more comfortable making donations to a familiar face rather than through a toll-free number. Hopefully, there will be familiar faces there to greet you when you drive up to make your donation."
Pulaski is a very giving place, she said. We always try to take care of our own. Now it is time to help others in desperate need.
According to the Red Cross, they can no loner accept items, due to the port in Haiti being destroyed.
They need monetary donations in order to buy food, water, and medical supplies locally that can be airlifted in, until the other supplies can be delivered.
"I know that Pulaski will embrace this effort and find it in their hearts to give what they can, no matter how big or small,” she said. “Pennies, dimes, dollars or checks will be greatly appreciated. There is nothing quite like the feeling of giving.”
An inclement weather date has yet to be announced.

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