Washington apple industry supporting relief for Haiti
by | March 28, 2010
Calling their charitable effort "A Million Apples for Haiti," three musicians
from the Yakima, WA, area have joined forces with a number of Washington
apple growers to collect 10,000 boxes of donated apples to help provide
housing -- and a healthy treat -- for quake victims in Haiti.
Members of the Yakima Valley Growers-Shippers Association and The Village
Musicians, a band founded by three brothers, plan to work with Hope for the
Hungry, a Texas-based nonprofit organization, to provide aid to Haitians
displaced by the Jan. 12 earthquake.
Several members of the association will donate the apples, and the group
hopes to sell 9,000 boxes at $20 each to help raise about $185,000 needed
to build 24 new homes in Haiti.
The remaining 1,000 boxes of apples will be shipped to the Caribbean nation
for distribution to the hungry.
"Our valley is blessed with the one of nature's tastiest and most nutritious
fruits," David Lawrence, president of Holtzinger Fruit Co. in Yakima, WA, said
in a press release. "When the guys from the band approached me about how
our community can help the citizens of Haiti, the thought of using one of our
best assets seemed like a natural fit. We researched ways to ship the fruit to
Haiti to provide fresh fruit to the citizens currently eating disaster-relief
supplies. The apples would be not only a fresh, nutritious item for them but
also a great symbol of hope for prosperity from Yakima's famous crop."