Local responses to Haiti's earthquake 

Organizations around Indianapolis are assembling donations and finding solutions for relief following Haiti's catastrophic earthquake.

Colts' wide receiver Pierre Garcon - a Haitian American with family still missing in that country - will take the charge with the help of Entercom Indianapolis radio stations WXNT-AM "Fox News/Talk 1430 WXNT," WNTR-FM "my1079," and WZPL-FM "Z99.5."

His "Hoosiers Helping Haitians" campaign will start Friday at Kroger, 1330 W. Southport Rd., with a live broadcast of Z99.5's Smiley Morning Show.

Abdul Hakim-Shabazz from Fox News/Talk 1430 will broadcast from Panera Bread, 5025 E. 82 St.

Broadcasts begin at 6 a.m. and donations will be collected at both locations until 10 a.m.

My1079 promises to "play everything... for a price" from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow. Call (317) 228-1079 and request a song in exchange for donating money to the Hoosiers Helping Haitians with Pierre Garcon campaign.

All money raised at these events will go to Northwest Haiti Christian Mission (NHCM) on behalf of Pierre Garcon Helping Hands Foundation. NHCM will provide food and disaster relief for Haiti - the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere.

If you can't make it to the donation sites, donate at any Indianapolis Fifth Third Bank location until Jan. 19. You can also donate by visiting radio station websites: www.wxnt.com, www.my1079online.com, www.wzpl.com.

Earth House discussion

Mike Oles, lay leader of Lockerbie Central United Methodist Church and co-founder of Earth House Collective, will moderate a discussion on Haitian relief efforts at the Earth House Café on Sunday at 7:30 p.m., 237 N. East St. Oles' brother spent time in Haiti, and was forced to leave during the 2004 regime change in which President Jean-Bertrand Aristide left that country escorted by U.S. Military. Aristide later claimed he was actually overthrown and kidnapped.

Oles would like to discuss relief, colonial interference and how to have one without the other.

For more on the Earth House: earthhousecollective.org

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