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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 Karen_Hube@yahoo.com)

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