Monday, April 19, 2010

Basic Needs Drive a Success

CHES Basic Needs Drive for Haiti a Success!
CHES US and CHES Haiti worked together to help 100+ Families!

Earthquake Victims Receive CHES Donations
The CHES Basic Needs Drive for Haiti began as a an email campaign with a letter template for individuals to take to their work places and local companies to set-up collection sites. This model proved to be very effective way to engage individuals and organizations. Among the participating organizations were Chartwells at Northeastern University, Harvard University, Excalibur Food Dehydrators, Chef Robert LLC, Bentley University, MassArt, Phoenix University, The Liberty Hotel, and Children's Hospital.

From January 26 to March 6, 2010, CHES collected 200+ boxes at equaled 5,411 pounds of food, clothing, shoes, medical supplies, toiletries, etc. These donations left the US for Haiti on a Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ship free for charge for Labadee Beach in Northern Haiti on March 19, 2010. They arrived to Haiti on March 26 but due to torrential rain caused the roads to become unusable, CHES Haiti was unable to pick up these boxes until the following week.

We are so proud of our Haitian brothers and sisters in CHES who sent us a detailed distribution plan and a report out of the actual distribution. CHES Haiti repacked the donations for distribution day and organized the distribution by calling the earthquake victims in the area and giving them time slots to come and collect a box for themselves. They distributed 145 boxes made up for a five person family and 115 boxes made up for an individuals. With your help, CHES has touched over 300 lives. To see more pictures, visit our Facebook site.

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