Updated: Nov 7, 2020
May 5, 2010
We have had some really wonderful fundraisers done for us the past several months. We hope we have adequately thanked all of those involved! We are so extremely grateful. This post is certainly not meant to exclude anybody who has done great fundraising for us. We hope this post expresses gratitude and gives ideas to others of projects they might like to do at their business or school to help Haiti! *
Since the quake, we have had many, many schools through out Northern Utah join us for a project Nancy Waterfall headed up called “Hope for Haiti: Dig Deep Week”. Highschools, Junior Highs, and Elementaries alike did different things at their school to inspire students, faculty, and parents to “dig deep” and donate. There have been thousands and thousands of dollars donated which we have been able to use for disaster relief.
Kelsey Coy (center) and other students from Davis High
Along these lines, an individual family came forward and decided to go to their school to do a project. It was inspired by a little boy named Israel (Izzy) Russell. Izzy was adopted from Haiti and is seven years old. When he heard about the earthquake, he was very upset. The morning after the quake, Izzy’s mom, Jamie, found a mason jar on the counter with the word “HAITI” written on it. The jar held all of Izzy’s money. He told his parents he was going to fill his jar to help buy things for those suffering in Haiti. A few days later, he came to Jamie and said, “Mom, I think I’m going to need some help filling my jar.” And help she did.
As a family, the Russells organized with their elementary school (Shadow Valley Elementary School in Ogden, Utah) to hold an assembly, a Saturday morning pancake breakfast, and to have a huge jar at the school to raise money. The Russells and their extended friends and family reached out to their entire community with flyers, going door to door, and to local businesses. Max Laforet gave a wonderful speech to the children during an assembly. The pancake breakfast was a much bigger hit than any of us dreamed, and the continued fundraising through out the week helped as well. The “Help Izzy Fill his Jar” project raised over $7,000 for Haitian Roots!
Jamie and Izzy Russell with principal at Shadow Valley Elementary
Shadow Valley Elementary Principal Announces “Izzy’s Jar”
Max Laforet helps children understand life in Haiti and the importance of education.