Fundraising for Haiti relief continues in Grand Valley

People who want to contribute to the Haiti relief effort today can do so by dining at Pancho’s Villa II in Fruita or trying one of the services provided by Healing Horizons in Grand Junction.

Pancho’s Villa II, 229 E. Aspen Ave., is donating 10 percent of its proceeds today to Haiti relief. The effort runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and includes breakfast and dinner specials. There also will be a coloring contest for kids.

Meanwhile, visitors from 1 to 4 p.m. today at Healing Horizons, 2139 N. 12th St., No. 7, can get a massage, acupuncture, acutonics, nutrition-response testing or a facial by making a donation that will go to Haiti relief through Doctors Without Borders.

Brown’s Shoe Fit, 425 Main St., sent out about 5,300 pairs of sandals and athletic shoes collected from Grand Valley residents for survivors of the earthquake.

“There’s been a great outpouring from the community,” Brown’s Shoe Fit employee Kelly Wampler said. “It’s been absolutely amazing.”

Officials at the American Red Cross are still taking donations and offering information about the effort there, said David Hintch, executive director of the western Colorado chapter.

“This is only the beginning of the American Red Cross relief and recovery effort for Haiti,” Hintch said in a news release intended to answer questions about the effort.

The Red Cross on Wednesday provided 2,700 people with basic supplies such as tarps, hygiene kits, water-purification tablets and blankets, Hintch said.

The American Red Cross also is sending about 3 million prepackaged meals to Haiti and will partner with the World Food Program to distribute them to survivors over the weekend.

Donors still can make contributions at Redcross.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. Mobile donors can text “Haiti” to 90999 to make a $10 contribution.

Another Red Cross Haiti fundraiser will take place Jan. 31 with a variety show at the Mesa State College Recital Hall on North Avenue.

Singers, dancers and comedians will perform. There will be no admission fee, but a hat will be passed for donations. There also will be a silent auction.

The doors will open at 7 p.m., and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m.


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