Locals step up to help struggling Haiti

Here are ways local residents are raising money and materials to help victims of the Haitian earthquake:

The Jackson County Democratic Party and students at Jackson Elementary School are gathering the following toiletry items for Haiti: toothpaste, toothbrushes, bars of soap, face cloths, hand towels and hair combs or picks. Students will use the items to fill toiletry bags, which will be trucked to Salt Lake City and then air-lifted to Haiti. Items can be dropped off from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Jackson County Democratic Headquarters, 30 S. Central Ave., or during school hours through Friday at Jackson Elementary School, 630 W. Jackson St., Medford.

For more information, contact Jackson County Democrats Community Outreach Chairwoman Carol Jo Pettit at 541-512-9189.

  • Ravassipour Orthodontics has challenged its patients to help raise money for the victims of the recent earthquakes in Haiti through a project called "Operation — Help Haiti." Dr. Darren Ravassipour has offered to match the money his patients donate through Feb. 26 up to $1,000. The money will be donated to the Haiti Relief Fund through the American Red Cross. For more information, call 541-779-6200.
  • Medford Rogue Rotary fundraiser. Members are collecting funds to purchase "aqua boxes," containers that come filled with basic supplies but that also are outfitted with filtered spigots to be used as water tanks to filter contaminated drinking water.

"They're great because when they empty the box, they can filter about 50,000 gallons of water," said Paul Robinson, chairman of the World Community Service Committee for the Medford Rogue Rotary. Call Robinson at 541-840-5640 or donate online at www.medfordrogue.org.

  • Nia Southern Oregon instructors will hold a benefit dance from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at The DanceSpace, 280 E. Hersey St., Suite 10. Donations from the event will go to the American Red Cross' relief efforts in Haiti. For more information, call 541-488-1192, e-mail nia-ashland@jeffnet.org or visit www.niasomoves.com.
  • Medical clinics: Jordan Wiley, son of Terry Wiley, owner of the Ashland restaurant Wiley's World, is in Haiti working for Doctor's Without Borders. He has been there for the last five months and handles security operations for the medical nonprofit. To donate, visit www.doctorswithoutborders.org/donate or call 888-392-0392.
  • Haiti orphanage: Southern Oregon University student Jaime Roupp is raising money for an orphanage in the mountains above Port-au-Prince, where she volunteered this summer. To donate, visit http://godslittlestangelsinhaiti.org or contact Roupp at 541-941-6417.
  • Mercy Corps: Ashland resident Richard Jacquot is headed to Haiti to help with earthquake relief efforts through Mercy Corps, a Portland-based nonprofit. To donate, visit www.mercycorps.org/haiti or call 888-256-1900.

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