Youth members of 4-H clubs in Androscoggin, Sagadahoc and Cumberland counties raised more than $250 to benefit American Red Cross work in Haiti with their Hockey For Haiti event at the Lewiston MAINEiacs home game February 10.
Several local businesses including the MAINEiacs, Tractor Supply and Fast Breaks donated items to a raffle the 4-Hers ran during the game. The youth also managed the Chuck-A-Puck competition and sold discounted tickets in advance of the game to raise money.
“We would love to have raised thousands of dollars,” Matthew Fornoff, AmeriCorps VISTA with UMaine Extension and organizer of the program, said. “But Red Cross makes every single dollar benefit people who really need it. These 4-Hers know their hard work and our donation will make a big difference.”
4-H, a national youth development organization, has grown into a community of more than six million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. It includes more than half a million volunteers and 60 million alumni. The American Red Cross has spent or committed nearly $78 million to meet the most urgent needs of earthquake survivors. American Red Cross has focused on food, clean drinking water, shelter and relief items as well as helping Haitians meet health needs, providing family linking services and Creole-speaking interpreters.