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MassLive has a good list of local places to donate in Western Mass., but here's another, put out by poet Magdalena Gomez:
The Puerto Rican Cultural Center (38 School Street Springfield, MA 01105-1338 - (413) 737-7450) is putting out a call for aid to Haiti. Below is a list of the needed items. It would be great if all of as can bring a contribution of the items needed to our Teatro V!da meeting on January 26th. A representative of PRCC will be there. I encourage everyone to give within their means. If everyone gives up a little luxury such as eating out, buying coffee at a cafe, or buying something we really know we can do without, it should be simple for each of us to bring something to show our solidarity with the people of Haiti and show support to our brothers and sisters during this tragic and sorrowful time. If this is not possible for you, perhaps you have some gently worn, clean clothing or shoes in good condition that we can also contribute. Please consider giving your best.
* supplies for First Aid
* clothes and shoes of all sizes
* non-perishable canned foods
* items for baby and infants
Please join me in contributing and let us put into action the civic engagement of Teatro V!da. It is my hope that everyone of us will bring something to contribute. Give from the heart, give what you can.
I know we can count on you.
Love to all,
Magdalena Gomez,Co-founder and Artistic Director,Teatro V!da, (a project of the Latino Breakfast Club)
P.O. 80722, Springfield, MA 01138-0722