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Lt. Gov. Reynolds joins Secretary Northey as co-chair of “Special Delivery: Homes. Help. Hope. For Haiti.”
The Iowa Food and Family Project has launched a new campaign called “Special Delivery: Homes. Help. Hope. For Haiti.”
Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Ag Secretary Bill Northey, co-chairs of “Special Delivery,” encourage Iowans, business, and organizations to donate to the Global Compassion Network (GCN) to help purchase the 48 SafeTHomes they hope to build in the Village of Hope, established in 2011 by the GCN to provide housing for families and children displaced by the earthquake.
“Nearly two years after the earthquake, more than 1.6 billion Haitians remain in dire need of shelter, help and hope,” said Reynolds. “When you learn of their struggles, you’re moved to act. Working together, we can make a real and positive impact in a way that’s uniquely Iowa.”
The SafeTHomes, designed by Sukup Manufacturing Co.’s Brett Nelson, are 18 by14-feet metal structures that are resistant to termites and moisture. Each home costs $5,700, sleeps 10 or more and is expected to last for 75 years.
“Special Delivery” has also teamed with the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) to provide much-needed food for the people of Haiti. The ISA has pledged $1,000 per SafeTHouse up to $48,000 to pay for Meals from the Heartland packets that include soy protein, rice, vitamin powder and dried vegetables.
In addition “Special Delivery” is working to secure up to $1,000 per unit for shipping to pay for the construction of a concrete foundation for each SafeTHut.
“Iowans aren’t timid about lending a hand when others are hurting,” said Northy. “This campaign provides the perfect opportunity to channel that passion and generosity in a way that will make a world of difference.
“Special Delivery” will run through the spring of 2012. To make a donation to the GCN go to www.iowafoodandfamily.com or send to: GCN , Attn: Special Delivery, 1066 440th St., Linn Grove, IA 50133.
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