Welding Technology Students’ Clothing Drive for Safe House in Haiti

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Welding Technology/Hatboro-Horsham High School seniors, Matthew McPhillips and Matthew Donnelly, are running a clothing drive at EASTERN from January 2 – 31, 2014 to benefit Streethearts, a safe house in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, for males from 3 – 18 years of age, many of which are in recovery. Clothing donation bins will be located at EASTERN and Hatboro-Horsham High School.

Last summer, McPhillips and Donnelly accompanied McPhillips father to Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere, with Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH), Pennsylvania chapter. VOSH is an organization that provides eye exams, eyeglasses, and eye surgery to those in need in developing nations at no cost during short-term mission trips. While in Haiti, McPhillips and Donnelly met the director of Streethearts, and were inspired to help since many of the residents they met were around their age.

Earlier in the school year, McPhillips and Donnelly ran a very successful collection of old sunglasses, baseball caps, and welding helmets for welders in Haiti. These items were distributed to welders in need by a hospital in Haiti.

Streethearts was founded in October 2012. The model for this safe house focuses on six areas necessary for children to cultivate and maintain a healthy heart – faith, nutrition, sports and recreation, safe habitat, community involvement, and education/job placement. For more information on Streethearts, please visit http://www.streetheartshaiti.org.

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