Beaver Nation Responds to Haiti Crises
Jan. 21, 2010
Corvallis, Ore. -
"I thought I was going to have a few bags of donations to take with me on the plane," former Beaver running back Yvenson Bernard said of his relief efforts for the victims of this month's earthquake in Haiti.
Instead, Bernard has had to secure a truck graciously donated by the Reser Family to haul the approximate 4,000 pounds of clothes, shoes, hygiene products and other everyday essentials that "Beaver Nation" has brought to legendary Gill Coliseum to Miami. In addition, Beaver fans and friends have raised over $2,800 in cash through the International Sports Agency Childrens Foundation.
"It's just incredible how generous everybody has been," Bernard, who is of Haitian decent said. "My little brother, grandparents and other relatives live in Port-au-Prince, so it hit home with me pretty fast. In fact, I was the first in my immediate family to hear about the earthquake and alerted everybody. It was, and still is, very emotional. I haven't heard from some of my relatives yet."
Bernard along with Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member Chris Harms of the men's soccer team have been coordinating the relief efforts. Bernard's girlfriend Michelle and Brock Amelee have also played big roles in the effort.
Bernard and Amelee will be making the journey to Haiti later this month with a church group, accompanying the stockpile of goods that were donated.
To hear more of this group's efforts, please follow this link to a video interview.