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Helping Haiti

The rainy season is underway in Haiti, and many desperate people still live in makeshift tents. To call them tents, really, seems like a stretch. They are four sticks with tattered bedsheets and tarps. An area nonprofit is raising money and collecting tents so that Haitians living in these flimsy shelters can have more protection.

Empowering the Poor will hold a car wash and bake sale on Saturday to raise money for this effort. The event will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fas Mart at the Valero station on State Route 3 in Spotsylvania County.

Proceeds will help buy and ship tents, medical and school supplies for Haiti.

If you can’t make the fundraiser, you can donate online or mail checks to: PO Box 42031; Fredericksburg, Va. 22404.