Tents for Haiti: Continuing Caring for Haiti after the devastating earthquake

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haitireginaThe one day Kettle tent-raiser was a success with The Salvation Army Regina raising $2084.65 for temporary shelters in Haiti. Customers donated generously to the kettles on Saturday February 27, 2010 at all seven of the Liquor stores in Regina.

The money will be used to purchase UN-approved tents for The Salvation Army relief camps in Haiti. Each UN-approved tent costs $500 and The Salvation Army will be able to purchase four tents.

A big thank-you goes to all the volunteers, Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority and the generous customers who made donations for helping to make this a success.

Captain Steven Cameron said “The Salvation Army in Regina is very thankful to the people of Regina for their outpouring of support to the people in Haiti.  The money that was raised will really help provide adequate shelter to those without homes during the rainy season in Haiti.”

The kettles are a familiar sight in Regina stores and malls at Christmas, but The Salvation Army brought them out again for a one day tent-raiser because of the urgent need in Haiti.  The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority have agreed to host The Salvation Army kettles in their Regina Liquor stores. 

The minister in charge of the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority, Christine Tell, urged Regina customers to continue to show the enormous heart of Saskatchewan People by donating to the Haiti event.

Right now, in Haiti there are more than 200,000 homes severely damaged or destroyed and 1.2 million people homeless or displaced by last month’s earthquake. The Salvation Army has signed an agreement to purchase tents, approved by the United Nations, for temporary housing. These tents will be used at relief camps in Port-au-Prince, Jacmel and surrounding areas.

Many of the tents provide sufficient housing for a small family or group of four people. “In January, the United Nations designated The Salvation Army as a “lead agency” for Haiti’s disaster relief work. Since then, the organization has set-up a number of operations providing basic care, including housing, clean water, medical services and basic hygiene products.

To date, The Salvation Army has $5.0 million in donations from the Canadian public, and more than $200,000 in donations were raised through the Army’s Text-to-Donate program. 

General donations to The Salvation Army’s Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund can be made by visiting www.tents4haiti.ca, calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769), or by mailing or dropping off your donation to The Salvation Army, 2240 13th Ave, Regina, SK, S4P 3M7.

 

For further information, please contact:

Captain Steven Cameron
Community Ministries, Haven of Hope
Tel: (306)757-4600
Cell: (306)530-0572
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Pamela Snider
Public Relations and Development
Southern Saskatchewan
Tel: (306) 757-3111 ext 222
Cell: (306) 551-2230
Fax: (306) 352-0906
E-mail: pamela_snider@can.salvationarmy.org