The 5pm Post – Donation Drive for Haiti

From an email:

“Destination Abricots – The Basics

Did you know that as a result of the earthquake, the orphan population of Haiti has more than doubled to close to 800,000? We are approaching the second anniversary of Haiti’s worst earthquake and many are still without the most basic of needs. Please join us in making a difference in one small community in Haiti, Abricots, by donating goods to the children of this village. Abricots is a small fishing village located in the Grand d’Anse region of Haiti. Access to this part of the country is difficult, especially during the rainy season. Roads to the surrounding villages are in some cases non-existent. Many thousands of Abricots’ residents are part of the post-earthquake mass exodus out of Port-au-Prince. Included in this number are several hundred orphans that have been transplanted to this region. The four local orphanages are filled beyond capacity, and local families have reached out to host the remaining children in their homes. Grant money from the city council and aid organizations has run out, and many of these children do not have the most basic of supplies.

Give your gently used and new children’s items a new life. Support Destination Abricots and your donations will go directly to the orphan and disadvantaged children of Abricots.

Visit us at for more information.

We will be holding donation drives in NW Washington DC (Tenleytown) and Alexandria, VA:

· Friday, December 2nd – St Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St NE, Washington DC 20016, 7:30am to 3pm

· Saturday, December 3rd – Forum One, 2200 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria VA 22301, 9am to 3pm

Here’s what we are collecting for ages 0 to 18 years:

Basic needs: shoes, underwear, rain gear, school bags, lunchboxes, dress and everyday clothes (no winter), toiletries, and toys

Educational needs: musical instruments, board games, school and craft supplies, early reader and comic books, teacher’s edition books, and translation dictionaries in English to French / Spanish to French.

Sporting equipment: soccer and basketballs, goal nets and basketball hoop rings, sporting gear for these games like jerseys, shoes and socks.

Uniforms: 11-15 matching used khaki uniforms for newly established girl and boy scout troops in Abricots.

We are looking for 11 – 15 matching boys’ basketball and soccer jerseys in sizes medium and large and 11 -15 matching girls’ soccer and basketball uniforms in sizes small and medium.”

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