Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Artists helping Haiti

 

When a powerful earthquake devastated Haiti in January, James Amerson was one of the many iReporters who wanted to do something to help. The Pensacola, Florida, hair stylist and artist texted $10 to a relief organization, but he felt like he should do more.

 

Amerson and his friend, Gina Cestaro, have spent the past few weeks organizing the Art of Giving charity auction featuring Pensacola-area artists, including students at The University of West Florida and kids at the Creative Learning Academy. They've listed about 65 items on eBay and he says the donations are still coming in.

 

The auction opened on Monday and will be running over the next 30 days. Money from the sales will go to Doctors Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity and Living Waters – three charities that are active in Haiti.

 

The project has gotten a lot of attention on local television, in the newspaper and even on some billboards around Pensacola, so we wanted to share it too.

 

This is just one example of the generosity we see all the time in the CNN iReport community. If you're doing something to help – in Haiti or in your hometown – please share your story with us. And if you want to volunteer, but don't know where to start, you can check out CNN's Impact Your World page.

2 Comments
April 15, 2010
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Congrats James! Truly inspiring

May 8, 2010
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I SHIPPED A 40' CONTAINER OF AID RELIEF TO HAITI 8 WEEKS AGO...IT HAS NOW BEEN SITTING ON THE DOCK IN PORT A PRINCE FOR 7 WEEKS...NOBODY AT THE DOCK CARES, WE CAN'T GET ANYONE THERE TO RELEASE THE CONTAINER...DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEAS? I'VE BEEN TRAVELLING AND WORKING IN HAITI FOR 24 YEARS AND THIS IS THE MOST FRUSTRATED I'VE EVER BEEN WITH THEIR GOVERNMENT. I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR COMMENTS...THANKS, FRUSTRATED!!!!

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