Auburn plays role in helping Haiti

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Disasters can bring out the best and worst in people. In the greater Auburn area, the earthquake and tragedy unfolding in Haiti has brought out the best in our residents. You, too, can help. Since a 7.0 quake leveled much of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, killing an estimated 200,000 and rendering homeless many more, there has been an outpouring of support from our community. Through small efforts and donations from individuals to the Red Cross and Salvation Army, much has been done to help. But much more is needed. The story of Claire, a Haitian orphan girl, has tugged our heartstrings. The Bryditzki family of Lake of the Pines has been on an emotional roller coaster ride since the quake. They had been in the long and arduous process of adopting Claire when the quake struck Jan. 12. On Thursday, their dreams came true as billionaire Ted Turner provided the Auburn family with his private jet to pick up the youngster and joyously deliver her to her new home. It’s a Cinderella story that we can all celebrate. If you have not read reporter Gus Thomson’s stories on Claire, or seen photographer Ben Furtado’s pictures, please pick up a copy of Thursday or Friday’s Journal and share in this family’s joy. The stories and photos are online at along with Thomson’s video of the happy reunion at Sacramento International Airport. While there are many miracles occurring daily and there are many reasons for hope, the situation for most Haitian orphans remains desperate. Money and supplies are needed to combat the human suffering in the wake of this catastrophe. How to help Haiti In response to the ongoing crisis in Haiti, the Auburn Journal will be listing ways to help in our print edition and online at Please send information about your efforts to help earthquake victims to: 1030 High St., Auburn 95603, ajournal@gold or call (530) 852-0237. Stop by Maria’s Mexican Tacos from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25 for $2 tacos and $1 sodas. All proceeds from this cash-only fundraiser go to help relief efforts in Haiti. Maria’s Mexican Tacos is at 13483 Bowman Road in Auburn. Call (530) 823-8540. The Auburn Community Recycling Center, 350 Sacramento St., is holding a donation drive. Those wanting to help relief efforts in Haiti can donate their recyclables, and the proceeds will go to the American Red Cross. An additional 5 cents per pound will be applied to the California Redemption Value for aluminum cans. Other recyclable materials include glass and plastic bottles, in addition to copper, aluminum, brass and lead. Call (530) 889-2267 for more information. The Kids Closet is asking for donations of clean cloth diapers, diaper pins and diaper covers to send to the Child Hope International orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Donations may be made at Kids Closet, 948 B Lincoln Way. Kids Closet is open 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call (530) 888-1809 for information. A spaghetti feed benefiting the Child Hope International orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti will be held 3 to 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Auburn Masonic Hall, 956 ½ Lincoln Way. Suggested donation is $7 for adults, $5 for children and $20 for a family of four. Dinner includes spaghetti, salad and garlic bread. Advance ticket locations include Community First Bank, Tango Frozen Yogurt and Kids Closet. Tickets also available at the door. A benefit for the Child Hope International orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24 at Tsuda’s, 103 Sacramento St., Auburn. The benefit features music by Colossal Dome. Suggested donation is $5, and root beer float proceeds also help the orphanage. Call (530) 823-2233. American Red Cross People can make an unrestricted donation to the International Response Fund here or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). The public can also help by texting “Haiti” to 90999 to send a $10 donation to the Red Cross. Salvation Army The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations to assist in the effort via its Web site,, by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by postal mail at: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728. Designate donations “Haiti Earthquake.” Please help if you can. Not every Haitian orphan can be as lucky as Claire. But we can all help by acting locally to combat this global crisis.