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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."