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Haiti Service

A local church will hold a service tonight for victims of the Haiti earthquake.

The Land of Promise Church in Spotsylvania will host a community hour of prayer for the people of Haiti on  at 7 pm.  They will collect funds to donate to the Red Cross on behalf of rescue relief. The church is at 5924 Smith Station Road in Spotsylvania.
Many area churches have connections to Haiti. Grace Church of Fredericksburg has supported churches, a clinic and a school in the Caribbean country. They were devastated to learn most had been destroyed in the earthquake, and  the pastor of one of the churches had been killed. The church–as do many area congregations–plans a special collection this weekend to help. They are already meeting about relief plans and welcome donations from the community. The Rev. Ernest Custalow hopes to get to Haiti as soon as he can to help with rescue efforts and to start the lengthy rebuilding process. Want to help? You can call the church at 540/785-2273 or mail checks to:  1141 Heatherstone Dr.; Fredericksburg, Va. 22407.