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LSUS Community Helping Haiti

November 09, 2016

LSU Shreveport is partnering with Numana Inc. to raise money and package meals for those in Haiti affected by Hurricane Matthew. LSUS' Goal is $4,000, which equals 13,000 meals for the hurricane victims.

Fundraising has started this semester and will continue until Feb. 2017 where volunteers will dispense rice, beans, and vitamins into bags that will then be shipped to Haiti.

"Students and student organizations can fundraise money to send meals over to Haiti," said Kassie Johnston, a graduate assistant for the Institute for Nonprofit Administration and Research at LSUS. "LSUS has a total goal of $4,000 and every 30 cents raised provides a meal. Faculty and staff are encouraged to get involved in fundraising and volunteering. Departments within LSUS are welcome to create fundraising teams and set a goal. They are also encouraged to volunteer at the packaging event."

On Feb. 25, 2017, interested individuals can meet at the LSUS gymnasium to participate in the Numana Inc. packaging event. The donations made during the fall and early spring semesters will provide the food items that the volunteers will then package and ship to those in need.

"I see it as a responsibility to provide money and the time it takes to package these meals," Johnston said. "I have the ability and the resources to give back, and I now know what is happening in Haiti. Here in the states I am abundantly blessed with great hospitals and doctors. I do not go hungry. I have shelter. I have money and it may not be a lot, but I have enough. For me this event is not about how great I am, but it is about the people in Haiti. They are not less than me because at any point in my life I could be where they are, but they are people who have been affected by something outside of their own capability. They are dying daily from the lack of nutrition and so when someone gets cholera they have a short time frame to live. Thirteen thousand meals may not be able to fix all problems in Haiti, but if one life is spared then to me this is all worth it."

Numana Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to relieving international hunger.

Visit the Numana Inc. website to learn how you can donate to the hurricane relief efforts and volunteer at LSUS and local areas.

For more information about the packaging event or how you can help, email Kassie Johnston at

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