Monday, February 24, 2014

Collecting for Haiti

It's a new year, and that means new charity drives. I am often asked what can be done for Haiti, and thought the bigger picture eludes me, I do try in small, meaningful ways to give back. Always. So for this month, that means we are asking for donations of the list below for a friend's medical mission.

Marla is an ER nurse at the local hospital.  She's raising a three year old, working as well as studying to be a Nurse Practitioner. She's paid her own way to work for three weeks in Port-au-Prince, and all she's asking for is the following list. She's giving of her time, her money and her expertise to help those in need, as well as help to train nurses in Haiti to do the work themselves.

All of which means, this list doesn't seem like a lot to ask for help with.  Please consider taking a week off from Starbucks and using that money to go shopping at the Dollar Store. Trust me - it'll buy you some serious good karma. Here's the list:

Children's Pedialyte
Batteries (A, C and D)
Benadryl tabs
Folic acid tabs
Iron tabs
Antifungal cream
Bar soap
A and D ointment
Multi vitamins for adults and children
Prenatal vitamins
Infant and Children Tylenol and Motrin
Adult Tylenol and Motrin
Tooth brush, tooth paste, floss
Hand sanitizer - large containers preferred
Lubricating jelly (for exams)
Any unopened medications such as blood pressure meds, inhalers, diabetic meds
Glucometer, with test strips, peak flow meters, or spacers for asthma patients

We Americans have more than we can possibly use on any given day. Give a little of your extra to Marla, so she can minister to the those who have little to nothing, and know your donation is helping. As an added incentive, if you make a donation to Sosyete du Marche, Inc, we will send you a tax donation letter for the amount you sent, and we will do the shopping for you. Looking to get something back from Uncle Sam next year? Then donate. Every little bit helps.

If you want to shop, so much the better. Please contact me at for directions to the hounfo.We will be collecting goods and donations up to March 8th - Marla leaves for Haiti on the 21st, but they need to pack the suitcases for shipping and import paperwork prior to leaving. Making a donation is easy - just hit the button on the bottom of the  Sosyete's web site ( to make your tax free donation. I will take pictures and send you a personal letter of thanks, along with your tax refund letter.

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