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Student Groups to Hold Candlelight Vigil for Haiti Victims Tuesday

Old Dominion University's Global Student Friendship and African Caribbean Student Association will hold a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Haiti earthquake from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19.

The vigil will be held on Kaufman Mall in front of Webb University Center and will include music and poetry readings.

Additionally, Old Dominion University's Center for Service and Civic Engagement is staying informed on the latest needs coming out of Haiti and is encouraging anyone in the university community who is able to make monetary donations to a reputable relief agency.

For a list of agencies currently accepting donations, please visit: http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/01/13/haiti.earthquake.how.to.help/index.html

Donations can also be made immediately through text message to the following agencies (please note: your phone bill will be charged for the minimum donations listed):

  • Red Cross: Text HAITI to 90999 ($10 donation)
  • Yéle Haiti: Text YELE to 501501 ($5 donation)
  • United Way: Text HAITI to 864833 ($5 donation)
  • Intl Medical Corps: Text HAITI to 85944 ($10 donation)

Individuals can also drop off cash donations at the Center for Service and Civic Engagement (located at 1063 Webb, in the new U Center, formerly the university bookstore location). All cash donations will be sent to UNICEF (http://www.unicefusa.org/).

For more information regarding the advantages of monetary donations, please visit: http://www.usaid.gov/our_work/humanitarian_assistance/disaster_assistance/help/advantages.html.

For more information, please contact the Center for Service and Civic Engagement by e-mail volunteer@odu.edu or calling 683-6948.

This article was posted on: January 16, 2010

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