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FUNDING FLATWARE: Helping Haiti one plate at a time

June 5, 2013

Joy Gilraine is preparing to visit Haiti and is on a mission to raise funds to purchase plates needed for three orphan schools. Pictured are Gilraine and her team of fundraisers for Help Us Help Haiti. Front row, from left: Ollie Banks, Isaac Banks and Gavin Banks. Back row, from left: Emily Banks, Sarah and Charlie Banks, Jack Banks, Joy Gilraine and Glen Gilraine, Jr. Post & Mail photo / Christie Barkley

COLUMBIA CITY — It’s not enough, according to Joy Gilraine of Columbia City, to simply write a check to donate money to those in need.

She is set to see the need up close and in person — in Haiti.

“Haiti is one of the poorest countries,” Gilraine said. “They are still trying to deal with a massive amount of devastation. It seems like a hopeless situation to them, I am sure.”

Gilraine has partnered with CPR-3, a nonprofit organization that is committed to helping educate, feed and sustain Haiti. In her quest to offer aid, Gilraine has become passionate about furthering the educational efforts of three orphan schools started by CPR-3.

“There’s about 1,000 kids between the three schools,” Gilraine said.”These are kids that wouldn’t get an education otherwise. That’s really the way to help give Haiti long-term hope — education.”

The school has several needs, one of which is plates. Lunch is served to the students while they are at school, but the organization is in need of plates and lunch trays.

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