Clean Out For Haiti

Westport youth organizations and a Bridgeport woman are hosting a 1-day used clothes and medicine drive in Norwalk, to benefit Haiti.

The day-long collection is this Thursday (Feb. 11), at the Builders Beyond Borders office (8 Willard Rd., Norwalk — behind CVS on US1).

Winy Cedon at work on a recent trip to Haiti.

Items most needed — languishing in many Westporters’ closets, bathrooms, basements and attics — include all types of clothing and shoes (except formal attire and heavy winter jackets), shoes, socks, new underwear, sheets, pilows, towels, work gloves, toothpaste, soap, pain relievers for children and adults, Band-Aids, feminine products, antibacterial ointment, diapers, antacids and gently used stuffed animals.

Donations — clean and in good condition — can be dropped off in bags or boxes. Westport Girl Scout Troop 50553, Christ & Holy Trinity Church’s youth confirmation classes, and other youth volunteers will  help sort and pack the items.

Bridgeporter Winy Cedon is a driving force behind the event. Long before the recent catastrophe, she helped ship needed items to her poverty-stricken native land.  She has lived in the US since age 13.  When she is not working as a nurse, she gathers clothes, first aid supplies, toys and other items — then personally delivers them each summer to remote villages.

Thursday’s collection will be shipped to Cap-Haitien.  With help from Winy’s family and friends, the donations will be trucked south to some of the neediest areas in and around Port-au-Prince, which have not yet benefited from relief organizations.

Westporters — including Kelly Frey Pollard, Regina Engler, Melissa Waters, Kim Porio, Jill McGroarty and Karen hube — are helping Winy organize this effort.  Several local businesses are assisting too, and Gault has offered a warehouse.

(A $5 to $10 contribution to cover shipping costs is suggested.  For questions, or to offer assistance, email

2 responses to “Clean Out For Haiti

  1. they should put formal attire (closer to professional than black tie) back onto the list of desirable donations, because as the numerous aid organizations that have offices there are compelled by the enormous $ donatons they have received to increase the number of locals they hire to staff the offices in haiti, those haitians will want to go to their interviews in professional clothing. they would have done so before the earth quake and will want to do so now and going forward.

  2. ….as I packed up my bright t-shirts, shorts, summer dresses I felt I was packing up bags full of sunny hope. felt so good. thanks for letting us know!