Austin resident Evelyna Crittle has not let her modest economic means prevent her from getting involved in the Haiti relief effort.
The unemployed mother of two sons donated $100 to her church, Greater St. John Bible Church, 1256 N. Waller, whose collecting money in collaboration with World Vision, a Christian relief organization, for Haiti survivors.
The effort launched on Jan. 24, dubbed “Haiti Sunday,” at several West Side churches taking part in the cause. The $100 actually came from Crittle and her 17-year-old son Dimitri. Crittle said that despite her personal struggles she has never had to be without shelter, clothing or food for an extended period of time like the people of Haiti.
“During his service, [Pastor Ira Acree] had spoken about the importance of this outreach effort to Haiti and called upon the members of the congregation to donate. I didn’t have to think twice about it,” she said.
Her son donated both his birthday money and his savings to the fundraiser. The Austin Haiti Relief effort is a three-phase project, explained Rev. Ira Acree, Greater St. John pastor and member of the LEADER’s Network of West Side clergy.
This first phase involves collecting money, so far, approximately $15,250. The second phase involves gathering clothing and personal goods. This part, Acree explained, has already begun with a steady stream of blankets, food and toys, among other supplies, coming in. The third phase will see West Side ministers travel to Haiti to offer support to survivors.