Bee County residents give generously to earthquake victims
by Scott Reese Willey
Jan 21, 2010 | 1190 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bee County folks are pitching in to help those devastated by the earthquake in Haiti.

“We’re getting a lot of donations from our customers who want to help the earthquake victims,” said Randy Kruse, assistant store director at the H-E-B Food Store in Beeville. “They’re very generous, very kind, very responsive.”

He said customers may tear off a $1, $3 or $5 contribution form at the checkout stand if they wish to donate to the relief fund.

“We’ve even had some customers ask us if they could help out in other ways, such as food or clothing or other items,” Kruse said.

H-E-B also has donated $100,000 toward the relief effort, the company announced in a press release.

“Our customers know that they can trust us to send 100 percent of their donations to where we say it will go,” said company spokeswoman Shelly Parks.

On Jan. 12, a series of earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 6.5 to 7.3 devastated Haiti, collapsing buildings and causing more than 100,000 deaths.

The campaign offers H-E-B customers an opportunity to join H-E-B’s aid by adding a donation of $1, $3, or $5 to their total grocery bill in the way of tear-off coupons at the checkout stand.

Walgreens also offers shoppers an easy way to contribute to Haitians in need. The Beeville store has tear-off $1, $5 and $10 coupons at the checkout stand, similar to those at H-E-B.

Walgreens store manager Jason Volv said customers have been “pretty generous” when it comes to helping the earthquake victims.

In addition, Walgreens donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross in response to the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti this Tuesday. The company will also match employee donations – dollar for dollar – up to $50,000.

The company is also providing non-perishable food, water and medical supplies to the University of Miami Global Institute for Community Health and Development which has set up clinics and triage units on the streets of Port-au-Prince, the largest city in Haiti just miles from the epicenter of the quake.

In response to the tragic earthquake in Haiti, Wal-Mart operations around the world and the Wal-Mart Foundation donated $500,000 to Red Cross emergency relief efforts in Haiti. The company is also sending pre-packaged food kits valued at $100,000 to Haiti.

Area churches also took up collections to aid the homeless, hungry and injured in Haiti.

The congregation at the First Baptist Church in Beeville also was encouraged to donate to the Texas Baptist Men’s disaster relief effort, which plans to ship 5,000 portable water filters to the island nation in the days and weeks to come. The group also may travel to Haiti when travel conditions there improve. The group plans to help residents there with their fresh water problems by essentially cleaning out water wells.

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