Westover Christian Academy helping feed children in need in Haiti

School has begun month-long fundraiser

By Colter Anstaett - Southside Bureau Reporter

DANVILLE, Va. - Taylor Nunn is a former Westover student.

She's been to Haiti multiple times, most recently over the summer, and says seeing her former school take this initiative is amazing.

"I've had a ton of people message me about it because they know the heart I have for Haiti," Nunn said. "The poverty in Haiti is completely unexplainable if you haven't been there."

Most kids she's seen in Haiti have signs of malnutrition and some only get three full meals a week.

That's why so many classroom doors at the school are decorated with pictures of Haitian children and other references to Haiti in support of the school's latest fundraising campaign, which kicked off Thursday night.

School administrator John Cline said the goal is to raise $36,000 over the next month to purchase meals for families in Haiti and $94,000 for school upgrades.

"Once we create the funds, our students here at the school ... will actually make the meals," Cline said.

The school is working with a company called The Champion Group.

The company will supply the school with enough food to make 10,000 meals.

"Rice and beans and vitamins and minerals and soy," Cline said, describing the food.

All of the food is dried and will be packed into heat-sealed bags.

Once the bags are delivered, all the families will have to do is add hot water and the food will be ready to eat.

According to the company's website, 1,500 meals will be distributed locally, with the remaining meals going to Haiti.

Nunn hopes this fundraiser will be eye-opening for the Westover students.

"They have meals every day, so they don't get it," she said.

Thanks to a donation from a local family, the school has already raised $26,000 toward its goal.

If you are interested in donating, contact the school.

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