Red Cross chapter takes stock of Haiti relief effort

One year after an earthquake left the capital of Haiti in ruins and killed more than 230,000 people, the Western Colorado Chapter of the American Red Cross held an open house Wednesday evening to remember the victims and inform people about what is being done to help the survivors.

David Hintch, executive director of the Western Colorado chapter, wanted people “to feel free to come in and ask questions. They should know how their money is being spent.”

The nonprofit organization received $322,301 from 2,794 donors in the 10-county region it serves on the Western Slope. Altogether, the American Red Cross has raised $479 million and spent $234 million to date, Hintch said.

Hintch, who worked in Haiti for seven years, said the generosity of the local community means a lot, not only because of his colleagues and friends who were in the Caribbean country, but because the donations came during a tough economic time.

“The majority of the people who donated will never, ever, ever go to Haiti or meet anyone from Haiti. But they were willing to take out their wallets and donate,” he said.

Hintch said residents who didn’t attend the open house but want to learn more about rebuilding efforts in Haiti and how money is being spent there are welcome to visit the local office at 506 Gunnison Ave. or call 970-242-4851.


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