Friday, January 15, 2010

Snow Day & Haiti Relief

Tonight Beardsley Farm is hosting their second annual fundraiser "Snow Day" at Barley's in the Old City. It starts at 7 and there is a $5 cover. You can eat soup and bread for a mere $3 more. There will be bands, there will be beer, and there will be good people.
You may go to their website to learn more about the work they do. I have yet to go visit them. I think I just made another new year's resolution.

Also, if you know of ways in Knoxville to provide aid to earthquake victims in Haiti, please leave a comment on this post to share how we all can help. I know life doesn't stop here when disaster hits somewhere else, but I'm urging you (and mostly myself), to stop and consider all the ways we can be of service to them.


Anonymous said...

Tomato Head is donating a portion of all of today's proceeds to Haiti Relief.

You can also support the Red Cross by texting "HAITI" to 90999, adding a $10 donation to the relief effort added to your cell phone bill. 100% of the donations go directly to the relief efforts in Haiti.

I will keep my eyes and ears out for other leads. Thanks for the post, B.

The Modern Gal said...

For anyone looking to donate to the Haiti relief, please keep in mind that the experts often say that cash donations are more beneficial than in-kind donations. In-kind donations, while well-intentioned, often arrive poorly organized and get in the way of the supplies the relief organizations really need.

Red Cross is one of the best -- and Em's suggestion makes it easy. Doctors Without Borders is a great medical aid organization too.

B said...

I should know this but don't. What does in-kind mean or what's an example?

Anonymous said...

In-kind donations would be donations of goods and services instead of the cash money.

B said...

You can send checks marked "Haiti relief" to the Salvation Army World Service Office, PO Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728

ck said...

Partners in Health, led by the awesome Dr. Paul Farmer, is a good place to donate:
They already have hospitals and staff in place around P-au-P and are setting up mobile clinics around the city. Farmer did NPR's "This I Believe"-
Pretty inspiring to me.
Also, I humbly mention that organization I work with, Friends of Ft. Liberte, is collecting relief donations. We're small, but we have lots of people and staff in Haiti ready to help. Ft. Liberte wasn't affected by the earthquake as badly, and we are preparing for a huge influx of refugees there. Also, we've started sending personnel and supplies to P-au-P- three buses left this morning. You can donate here:
And now I'm eating at T-Head for lunch! Thanks everybody!

regi said...


RAM (Remote Area Medical) is using their transport plane to send much-needed medical supplies to Haiti. The plane is leaving Friday, January 15th. If you would like to help make sure the plane is full of medical supplies, please purchase some things from the list at the end of this email and deliver them to RAM at 1834 Beech St Knoxville, TN 37920-2602 in south Knoxville.

Everything donated needs to be boxed and labeled on the outside of the box as well as the inside of the box. (example: if you buy a number of Ace bandages, put them all in a cardboard box and write "Ace Bandages" on the inside of the box as well as on the outside of the box.) If you choose to help, please purchase and deliver all items to RAM today. If you have any questions, please call RAM at (865) 609-1876.


Aspirin – as much as you can provide

Ibuprofen/ Tylenol – liquid for infants

Tablets for adults

Anti-diarrhea medication (like Imodium) tablets or capsules (not liquid or liqui-gels) – as much as you can provide

Anti-itch cream (Benadryl)

Vaseline (we can use up to 20 pounds)

Antibiotic cream (Neosporin) as much as you can provide

Ace bandages – as much as you can provide

Ziplock bags – all sizes

Fine tip sharpies - 20

Alcohol in plastic bottles up to 50 bottles

Wash cloths – will be lower priority so will be one of the last things packed

Dish towels (flour sack cotton, not washcloth type – basically those that would leave less lent) these are for use by docs when treating patients

Empty bottles with multi hole pop up caps various sizes (these can be filled with water to flush debris) you can find smaller ones in travel item section at Wal-Mart

Crutches – have an old set at home you aren’t using? If stoppers, handgrips and arm pads are in good shape - we can use these.

Eye drops – non-medicated (saline….liquid tears) as much as you can provide.

Gauze pads – 2x2 and 4x4 sizes

Band-aids – 20 –30 boxes


Unknown said...

One Vision International is collecting medical supplies and financial support for upcoming relief aid trips. They are a Knoxville-based, non-profit, Christian relief organization that has been doing ongoing work with an orphanage in Haiti prior to the earthquake.

Their site:

Their Flickr photos of the earthquake damage:

News Sentinel article on their upcoming relief trip:

regi said...


Thank you for your great response to our earlier email regarding Remote Area Medical using their plane to fly medical supplies to Haiti. There will be other flights going to Haiti, so if you are not able to donate on such short notice please consider donating supplies in the days or weeks to come.

There are a few additional things you need to know:

1. Due to a wonderful response, the folks at RAM are overwhelmed with the logistics of sorting out and organizing donations. Starting immediately, please drop donations off at Digital X-ray Specialist (3700 Pleasant Ridge Road MAP) instead of RAM’s South Knoxville location until 9:00 p.m. tonight or 6:00 p.m. tomorrow.

2. There are two additional items that RAM is in need of:

a. Flashlights with batteries

b. Headlamps with batteries

3. RAM will begin accepting donations again after Digital X-ray closes at 6 p.m on Friday, until 10 p.m. They will be open on Saturday, January 16th from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, January, 17th from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. and will continue to stockpile provisions to fill the plane as many times as possible. Because their parking lot is small, if your church or business could bring everything in one or two loads it would help to avoid gridlock.

4. RAM's staff is overwhelmed by phone calls, so if you have questions, please call Chris Caldwell, pastor at Hope Community Church, at 865-599-1044. You can also call Angie, a member at Hope Community Church who has offered to assist with phone calls. Her number is 865-455-9635.

*If you hear of the FAA banning incoming flights due to an inability to refuel them, please be assured that RAM has alternative plans to get the supplies delivered.

regi said...

To donate $10 by text (goes on your next bill):

Text ‘HAITI’ to 20222 to donate $10 to UN Relief efforts through the Clinton Foundation (Bill Clinton is the U.N Special Envoy for Haiti). He says they mostly need cash for immediate shelter, water, food and medical supplies as the relief efforts become coordinated. You can also donate through the link below:

Clinton’s article in today’s Washington Post:

Text ‘HAITI’ to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross.

I think you get some sort of message back asking if ‘you are sure’ you want to donate—might take a while due to high volume

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