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Local help for Haiti in Truckee Tahoe

The Sacramento Sierra Chapter of the American Red Cross asks you to pledge $10 to help the earthquake victims of Haita. Text ‘Haiti” to 90999 to donate to the International Response Fund. Call (800) REDCROSS.

The goal is to donate 1,000 pairs of shoes. Join Tahoe Forest Church and Compassionate Ministries in buying new shoes for orphaned children in Haiti. Donation bins will be located in Truckee at Glenshire Elementary School, SaveMart, Safeway, FiftyFifty at the Rock and Payless shoes. For more information contact Karen at (530) 550-1516.

In light of the events in Haiti, the Tourist Club staff in Truckee, a band and their promoter decided it would be a great idea to donate money from a show to the Red Cross for Haiti Relief. Here’s the deal: Attend the free show Sunday, Jan. 31 at 9 p.m. with Reno-based The Shames opening. Civet, a popular band from L.A. who toured with Social Distortion, will play around 10 p.m. For each person who attends the show, they will donate $5 to the relief fund. Additionally, the bartenders and promoters (Chapin with We Ain’t Saints) will forego their pay for the night to be donated. Enjoy a band you don’t often see in Truckee and donate to charity at the same time! Visit http://www.myspace.com/civet.

The Rotary Club of Truckee is accepting monetary donations to provide emergency disaster relief supplies to Haiti.

Through the international organization ShelterBox, Truckee Rotarians will send much-needed emergency shelter, cooking supplies and other basic survival necessities to the victims of Haiti.

and#8220;The need in Haiti is huge. Current estimates are that there are over a million people who have lost their homes,and#8221; said ShelterBox Founder and CEO Tom Henderson. and#8220;We continue to rely on the support of volunteers and donors to allow us to help them in the days and weeks to come.and#8221;

Conceived and developed by Henderson, a member of the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard, Cornwall District in England, the ShelterBox project has provided shelter for approximately 500,000 people in 40 countries during the last six years. Each box provides shelter for an extended family of up to 10 people for a minimum of six months. In addition to a tent, the box contains a cooking stove, blankets, rain gear, cooking utensils and equipment, water containers and purification tablets, a tool kit and children’s items, such as crayons and books.

ShelterBox has set up an operations base in Port au Prince, Haiti, and is working with local Haitian Rotarians to coordinate the distribution of boxes across the country. Truckee Rotarians will support the cause by soliciting cash donations from the Truckee Tahoe community to purchase additional boxes for the relief effort.

and#8220;ShelterBox is an extremely worthy cause, working to make an immediate difference in the lives of the Haitian people affected by the disaster,and#8221; said Brian Marsh, Truckee Rotary past president and Haiti Relief Project chair.

Anyone interested in making a tax-deductible donation should contact the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation at (530) 587-1776. Donations can also be mailed to Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, ATTN: Truckee Rotary Haiti Relief, PO Box 366, Truckee, CA 96160.

For more information about Truckee Rotary, visit http://www.truckeerotary.com.

For more information about ShelterBox, visit http://www.shelterboxusa.com.

Truckee’s Cottonwood Restaurant will host and#8220;Live Music for Haitiand#8221; on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Pianist and singer Akiko (Colleen Akiko Jackson) and many other local musicians will offer their talents to support emergency relief efforts in Haiti. Akiko worked in community development projects in Haiti during the late 80s and early 90s, co-founding a grassroots nonprofit with Americans and Haitians in 1990. All tips from the night and a special donation from Cottonwood Restaurant will be sent immediately to help in the aftermath of Haiti’s earthquake.

and#8220;The human suffering in Haiti is beyond imagining,and#8221; said Akiko. and#8220;The world has been coming together to help, and this is something we can do here in Truckee to participate.and#8221;

Cottonwood Chef David Smith is offering some Caribbean-influenced menu items in honor of the event. Acoustic and eclectic music begins at 7 p.m. in the main dining room. For more information and reservations, call 587-5711.

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