Last week on Twitter, I talked about how I represented Haiti superhard in college. I’m not Haitian, but I was an aspiring French minor and wanted all of my classmates to know about the tiny country of freed slaves who had a beautiful culture and spoke French. I had a flag in my bedroom, and even tried to teach myself Kreyol. I never learned, but when I graduated, I had a greater sense of appreciation for the people and history of Haiti.
Fast forward to today, and I think that I’m still absorbing the effect of the devasting earthquake on the country. But, I am encouraged and inspired by the way that the world has responded by donating funds, supplies, attention, and prayers. Here in Chicago, there are plenty of businesses that made donations last week, and many more who are continuing their efforts this week. Here is a roundup of some upcoming events:
1/18-1/24: Wake of the Quake Restaurant Event
Local restaurants will give guests the opportunity to add $1 or more to their checks. All funds collected with be donated to Heartland Alliance, a nonprofit that has set up an emergency fund to aid survivors.
1/18-1/24: AKIRA Shoe Drive
AKIRA Chicago will be collecting used shoes and socks to send to Haiti. You are asked to donate work boots, sport shoes, children’s shoes, and rain boots. The stores hope to collect 1000 pairs of shoes!
1/20: Sushi Samba Meet ‘n Tweet
Sushi Samba locations nationwide will host Meet ‘n Tweets with discounted food and drink specials. 100% of sales of the special TwitteROLL will benefit Haiti relief efforts.
1/21: Wake of the Quake Benefit and Afterparty
In addition to the weeklong restaurant drive, there will also be an event held at English Chicago (444 N. LaSalle) from 6-9p. For a suggested $20 donation, guests will a complimentary drink and hors d’oeuvres. There will be an afterparty at Sushi Samba (504 N. Wells) and sales from a specialty roll and signature drink will be donated to Heartland Alliance.
1/30: Fundraiser at Duffy’s Tavern
Come out to Lincoln Park bar, Duffy’s Tavern (420 W. Diversey), and enjoy a drink package and raffles for Blackhawks/Bulls tickets, all while raising funds for the Red Cross. Tickets are $30.
1/30: Hope for Port-au-Prince, Haiti at Yehia & Co Hair Salons
One of my favorite Chicago salons, Yehia & Co., will be donating all salon services to the Red Cross on January 30th. That’s right. Come out and get your hair styled, and they will donate what you pay to Haiti aid. The stores will also collect food, water, and clothing. There are four locations and you can participate at any one of them.
As always you can donate by texting “Yele” to 501501 ($5 donation to Yele) or texting “Haiti” to 90999 ($10 donation to the Red Cross).
If you know of more events happening across the city, please feel free to add them to the comments or @ me on Twitter (@thefabgiver). As long as we continue to do what we can and keep the country in our prayers, then it will get better. Not overnight, but it will definitely happen.