Hutchinson Collecting Donations For Haiti

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

January marked the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquake that destroyed medical, political and even emergency service infrastructure in Haiti. Fourteen long perilous months later, Haiti is still in the same condition as it was a year ago; some places have even become worse because of flooding, famine and disease. People are not just hungry, they are starving to death.

Hutch for Haiti is a packaging project, organized by the Hutchinson Rotary International, in which donations are used to buy and ship food that is packaged by volunteers from our community. The Hutchinson packaging event is scheduled for April 16, 2011 from 9am-5pm at the Cottonwood Court on the Kansas State Fair Grounds, 2000 N. Poplar, Hutchinson, KS.

The Rotarians are calling upon all corporate teams, church groups, clubs, families, and individuals to donate their time and money to make this project successful in order to save the lives of an overwhelming number of starving Haitians. The Rotary Club has pledged to raise more than $78,000 in funds to pack and ship 260,000 meals to the malnourished country. “We, as a community, can do this – so we should,” states, the project’s website.

Each meal costs a mere $0.30 which includes packaging, administration, and international shipping. One package, which feeds a family of six, contains soy protein, freeze dried beans, rice and vitamins and minerals targeted to help the immune system of malnourished people.

The April 16, 2011 packaging event, with the aid of our community, will be conducted in assembly line fashion. Volunteers, clad in hair-nets, gloves, and aprons, will work in 2 hour shifts to measure, seal, box, and prepare to ship the nutritious food packets. All groups and ages are encouraged to volunteer.

Donations are being accepted at all Central Bank & Trust locations or mailed to Hutch for Haiti Project Attn: Monica Bergmeier or Brian Schmidtberger P.O. Box 1366 Hutchinson, KS 67504. Checks should be made payable to Hutch for Haiti/Numana. All donations go directly to Numana. Donations are tax deductible and receipts for tax purposes can be obtained from Numana, Inc. by request.

Other events in the Kansas area are; Hugoton, April 2, Kingman, April 23, Andover, May 12, and McPherson, May 14.

Numana’s website,, states clearly their goal, “Our mission is to empower people to save the starving by raising awareness, providing actionable solutions and encouraging advocacy.” Numana, a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, began in 2008 by Rick McNary. After facilitating packaging events, Numana works with the Salvation Army World Services to transport the food to the many starving countries that are in need. As of July 2010 Numana and more than 124,000 volunteers from coast to coast have packaged 20,359,270 meals.

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