by Pam Zubeck
Pat yourself on the back: Your help made a local drive to gather tents for Haiti in the earthquake's aftermath a success. The city says the Colorado Springs Fire Department and American Medical Response have received more than 225 tents.
God's Littlest Angels, a local Christian ministry that runs an orphanage in Haiti, had been trying to get a good deal on tents, but got nowhere. When a representative from the orphanage saw stories on the AMR/firefighter drive, assisted by Big Five sports, she contacted the city and bought an additional 200 tents using the Big Five discount deal.
"This extraordinary community effort will provide much needed shelter, security and identity to over 1,600 persons who are just now beginning to re-build their lives," the city said in a press release.
The tents will be distributed through Caring House Project, an organization that's worked in Haiti for more than 10 years.