MAC SAAC Community Service: MAC SAAC Haiti Relief

Updated 6/14/2010
Central Michigan's Jock Rock Video

Cleveland, Ohio
- The Mid-American Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee joined together this spring on a joint community services project to collect financial and new product items for Haiti. The student-athletes felt a conference wide project for Haiti would have a great impact for the victims. SAAC was very proud that they were able to raise a total of $2,445.91, as well as various household good and clothing for the victims of this horrible tradgedy.

The MAC SAAC worked with a Non-profit organization Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.). K.I.D.S. brings hope and self-esteem to children in need and their families by providing new clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books and juvenile products through a network of more than a thousand local social service agencies. These agencies serve youth in poverty-stricken communities through homeless shelters, foster-care facilities, hospitals, relief organizations, food banks and other programs in the U.S. and abroad.

Since 1985, K.I.D.S. has reached out to more than 64 million children in need by distributing more than a half billion dollars worth of new merchandise. With overhead costs consistently under 2.5% , K.I.D.S. is one of America's most efficient charities, has earned Charity Navigator's highest rating of four stars, and meets all standards set by the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance. Based out of New York.

Each institution choose to do a financial or product items donation with some doing both. Donating new product items of books, socks, soap and children's underwear. Many institutions collected financial/product items during basketball games and at their annual "Jock Jams" event a talent show were different athletic teams comes up with a skit that is performed in front of the student-athlete body, campus, community and a panel of judges. Amusing skits included lip-syncing and dance-off competitions.

"The MAC SAAC Haiti Relief was an awesome opportunity to become involved with such disaster in the world," said CMU's Lauren Kurpsky. "The SAAC was very excited about the project and thought that it was great that all the school's were collaborating raising money and supplies to help the children of Haiti. I was glad that we chose the K.I.D.S. organization because sometimes people forget about things like diapers, and formula for babys in disasters."

Once the institution had their financial and product collection, donations were sent directly the K.I.D.S in New York. K.I.D.S. assigned the items to Operation Compassion: Operation Compassion is a public charity dedicated to providing food and basic necessities to the poor, needy and those affected by natural disasters. They have been providing support to Haiti for the past five years.

K.I.D.S. has worked in Haiti through various partners since 1995, maintaining a constant presence in the capital city of port-au-Prince and the central Plateau region, providing apparel, shoes and books to vulnerable children. K.I.D.S. is also working together with Fashion Deliver, which solicits donations from adult product industries to provide clothing, bedding, underwear and other products to families in Haiti.

If you would like to learn more about Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) or make a donations please take a look at their website www.kidsdonations.org or for K.I.D.S. testimonials visit http://www.kidsdonations.org/inv_fc.htm