A Truck Full! Headed to Haiti

Jan. 27, 2010

Corvallis, Ore. -

What started out as a grass roots effort to raise funds and donations for the people of devastated Haiti, turned out to be an orchestrated drive - one that netted approximately 24,000 pounds of goods donated by 'Beaver Nation.'  Former Beaver running back Yvenson Bernard, who is of Haitian descent, started the effort that ended up filling a semi truck.


Bernard, friend Michelle Williams and men's soccer student-athletes Mike Miller and Scott Johnson organized several drop locations for donations, including at two recent men's basketball games and two wrestling matches in legendary Gill Coliseum.  In addition to locations in Gill, Today's Salon in Albany, Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority in Corvallis, The Church of God in Salem and Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham participated. 


Approximately 120 student-athletes spent three hours on Jan. 23 sorting and packing the goods.  Bertsch Moving and Storage Inc., OfficeMax, Miller Paint of Corvallis, Leatherman Tools and Beaver Authentics donated packing materials.  And finally a big thank you to Mike Reser of Reser's Fine Foods for coordinating the shipment via trucking to the Haitian Consulate in Miami.


'I'm almost speechless when I look at the mountains of boxes that have been packed,' Oregon State University Associate Athletic Director/Lifeskills Coordinator Linda Johnson said as the parking lot at Gill Coliseum swelled with boxes and a forklift busily maneuvered.  'The generosity is overwhelming.'


In addition, nearly $3,300 was raised for the effort through the International Sports Agency Children's Foundation.


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