North Kitsap residents pitch in for Haiti relief

POULSBO — As word continues to pour in about the disaster in Haiti, North Kitsap businesses are lending a helping hand to those affected by the 7.0 earthquake that struck Jan. 12.

Local restaurant owners are doing their part to raise relief funds.

Roberto Solerto of Los Cabos on Highway 305 in Poulsbo will send 30 percent of his proceeds through the end of January to the Red Cross for Haiti relief, while Shiobhan Fitzpatrick of Campana’s on Viking Ave. will host a spaghetti feed event from 2-8 p.m. Jan. 24. In addition, all Campana’s staff members will be volunteering for the event and all proceeds, including employee tips, go to the Haiti earthquake survivors.

Another event, Dine out for Haiti in Downtown Poulsbo, incorporates several restaurants that will send 15 percent of their sales from 5 p.m. to their individual closing times on Jan. 28 to the Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund. The Hare & Hounds Pub, Tizley’s Euro Pub, Sogno di Vino, MorMor Bistro, Whiskey Creek Ranch House and Grill, The Loft, Sheila’s Portside Restaurant, Voodiez and That’s-A-Some Italian Ristorante will all participate.

The Rotary clubs of North Kitsap also are pitching in. For those who would like to donate money to benefit the earthquake survivors, Rotary clubs direct them to Shelter Box has established three separate operational centers in and around Haiti to help distribute assistance to the estimated one million people left homeless by the earthquake and the more than 50 aftershocks that followed.

Shelter Box USA continues to rely on the support of volunteers and donors allowing them to help in the days and weeks to come.

Martha & Mary, with the assistance of the Eagle’s Nest Foundation of Mukilteo — a nonprofit organization that works to bring humanitarian aid to people of the world — filled a 20-foot moving truck with 46 mattresses, 17 walkers, three wheelchairs as well as crutches and canes to aid in the creation of a temporary hospital in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, as well as a refugee camp being set up in Saint Marc, Haiti.

“I think it’s wonderful to have an opportunity to share with those in need. It was the least that we could do,” said Chip Johnson with the Rehabilitation Department of Martha & Mary.

The rehabilitation department of Martha & Mary identified devices that would help people recovering from many different physical injuries.

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