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A Haitian child from the town of Jeremie caring for the goat that his family was given as part of a program run by the Haitian Health Foundation.
A Haitian child from the town of Jeremie caring for the goat that his family was given as part of a program run by the Haitian Health Foundation. / Haitian Health Foundation
MDDay 2011: Soleil Moon Frye and family: Soleil Moon Frye and her daughters had a bake sale and lemonade stand outside her LA shop on Make A Difference Day to raise funds and awareness for J/P Haitian Relief Organization.

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Can a goat help Haiti, two years after a devastating earthquake? Catherine Russi has high hopes for hers.

Russi, 66, of Colchester, Conn., a champion of the Norwich-based Haitian Health Foundation, inspired residents of the nursing home where she works to raise $150 to sponsor a goat.

“A goat provides food in the form of milk and cheese. It’s a sustainable solution to feeding the hungry, as it provides more than just one meal,” says Russi, who has been a longtime volunteer in USA WEEKEND’s Make A Difference Day. Her church won the day’s top award in 2010.

“Cathy is a super volunteer. She does great work for us, and doesn’t ask for anything in return,” says Dr. Jeremy Lowney, HHF founder. “We count our success [in Haiti] one person at a time. Haitians are an industrious people. With just a little bit of help, they can do so much.”

A few ways to help Haiti:

• For $150, give a goat to a family or sponsor a student’s tuition, uniforms and books through the Haitian Health Foundation. For $750, give a family permanent shelter. haitianhealthfoundation.org

• For $28 a month, sponsor a child through Save the Children. Contributions are pooled to provide programs for all eligible children in an area. savethechildren.org

• For $60 to Partners in Health, help a Haitian family boost food production, ending malnutrition. pih.org/pages/give

• Or, simply hold a bake sale or lemonade stand to benefit your favorite charity in Haiti. That’s what actress Soleil Moon Frye and her daughters, ages 3 and 6, did last Make A Difference Day, raising more than $150 for J/P Haitian Relief Foundation. jphro.org/help

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