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PS(i love)U Sales to benefit Haiti

In response to the devastation in Haiti, Penn State Berks students have formed a campus organization called "We Are... Helping Haiti @ Berks." The group is holding a Valentines Day fundraiser titled PS(i love)U to benefit the victims of the earthquake.

The group will be selling greeting card bundles designed by students and Mary Kay gift sets for men and women, which range in price from $11 to $54 and are gift wrapped. All net proceeds will be donated to Haiti. Table displays will be set up in various buildings on campus until February 15, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The group's first fundraising effort, "canning" on campus Thursday, January 21 and Friday, January 22, was a tremendous success, raising more than $2000.00 for relief efforts. The group, in conjunction with the college's Intercultural Communication: Theory and Research class, held its first fundraising event at On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina on Tuesday, February 2. On The Border agreed to donate 10% of the day's earnings to the group (when customers mentioned the fundraiser).

In addition, the student group is planning several other fundraising activities, including selling Help Haiti apparel and holding events such as a Haiti Awareness Week, a spades tournament, and a faculty vs. student sports challenge.

The students are working to determine the most effective charities to support. We Are... Helping Haiti @ Berks will choose the charity that sends the highest percentage of each dollar directly to Haiti and does not have a specific connection to any religious group or political affiliation.

Led by Brittany Chiles, a Business major with a minor in Global Studies, the group is working with Penn State University Park in establishing a unified program throughout the Penn State system for aiding the victims of the Haiti earthquake.

"I have a few very dear friends whose families are possibly suffering from the catastrophic earthquake events in Haiti," states Chiles. "This vicarious experience of tragedy, unrest, and urgency has moved me to create a community effort to help Haiti."
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