Two weeks after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake devastated much of Haiti's capital, local donations to aid the country's relief effort continue to be collected.

Two weeks after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake devastated much of Haiti's capital, local donations to aid the country's relief effort continue to be collected.

As of Jan. 25, the American Red Cross of Fairfield County reported it was nearing $9,000 in donations to aid Haitian relief.

Those collections included a total of approximately $1,000 contributed by South Elementary School in Lancaster and Chieftain Elementary School in Logan.

In Pickerington, collecting donations for earthquake relief has been a districtwide project, according to PLSD communications director Lee Cole.

"Nearly all of the schools are doing some type of fundraising effort," she said. "Some through student groups, others through staff."

Cole said Fairfield Elementary students coordinated a "Help for Haiti" fundraiser that by the beginning of this week had generated approximately $1,200.

Toll Gate Elementary students also organized a "Handfuls for Haiti" initiative in which students this week continued to bring in spare change or donations to be delivered to the Red Cross.

At Sycamore Creek Elementary, a student-run community service organization called "Bucket Club" is in the planning stages of providing some sort of relief, Cole said.

Work also was being done at the district's two high schools.

At Pickerington High School North on Tuesday, Jan. 26, students and staff members both got in on the aid effort by participating in a "hat day." Any student who donated $1 could wear a hat to school and staff members who paid $1 could wear jeans to school.

The amount raised by the fundraisers was not available at ThisWeek's press time.

At PHS Central, a student leadership group was slated to meet on Tuesday to plan a fundraiser.

"We are leaving it up to our student leadership council. This consists of students from National Honor Society, Youth Connections, Key Club, student council, Renaissance and Sunny Side Up," said Heather Peirano, a chemistry teacher and an adviser for the National Honor Society and Sunny Side Up at PHS Central.

"We feel this is a great opportunity for students to focus their efforts and do something good for others," she said. "What a great way to learn about being a humanitarian."

Katie Weekley, a PHS Central Success Academy English/Study Skills teacher and student council co-adviser, said teachers at the school raised $1,036 for Haiti by holding a series of "jeans days" Jan. 19-22. During that time, teachers who donated $10 were allowed to wear jeans to school for a day.

Additionally, at least one local church last week continued its aid effort for Haiti.

Linda Hottle, pastoral secretary at Peace United Methodist Church in Pickerington, said she'd likely know by month's end how much money the congregation had raised for the country, as well as how many "health kits" would be donated to Haitians by the church.

"So far, we're around $1,000 that's been raised," she said on Monday, Jan. 25. "As far as kits go, we've got about 40 kits out to families that are working to put health items together for earthquake victims."

Nancy Jo Meyer, communications coordinator for the American Red Cross of Fairfield County, said donations to the local Red Cross can be made at its office, 121 W. Mulberry St., Lancaster. Checks also can be mailed to the office, she said.

Donations to the International Response Fund can be made online at www.redcross.org, or by calling (800) REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The public can also help by texting " Haiti " to 90999 to send a $10 donation to the Red Cross, through an effort backed by the U.S. State Department.

Funds will go to support American Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti.