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kid reporter kenny Figueroa talking to haiti volunteers Kid Reporter Kenny Figeroura interviews volunteers at a Houston, Texas, center collecting food, water, and clothing for victims of the January earthquake in Haiti. (Photo courtesy Kenny Figueroa)

Houston Helps Out

Food and water are first needs in Haiti

By Kenny Figueroa | February 23 , 2010

Food and water collection locations popped up around Houston, Texas, just days after a massive earthquake struck Haiti in January.

"The one thing they [Haitians] need the most is water, because there is no way to purify water in Haiti," said James Pierre, a representative from the Multi Ethnic Community Center in Houston. "They also need food and clothing since there are lots of people that lost everything."

Houston is home to a large Haitian population. One student, who is a classmate of this Kid Reporter, has family in Haiti.

"I don't know how my family is because my parents have not been able to communicate with them," said Cindy B. Her parents and church are raising money to send to their family and others in the country

Also helping are the American Red Cross, which is collecting money via text messages, and local radio stations that have joined with Kroger Supermarkets to fill containers of donated water and food.

Schools are also holding various fundraisers, like the Albright Middle School, which is sponsoring an event called "Team Up With the Red Cross." Students and staff pay $1 to wear jeans with their favorite sports jersey on a designated school day.

Check out the Red Cross website for more information on how you can help.


Check out the Kid Reporters' special report Crisis in Haiti for more information on the country and how to help.


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