Dordt College News

T-shirt sales to benefit Haiti

February 9, 2010

Haiti T-shirt

When an earthquake rocked Haiti on January 12, Dordt College freshman Claude Gillot spent two days trying to contact family members in Minotrie and Port Au Prince.

In desperation Claude took a grueling 40 hour ride on an assortment of planes and vehicles to Haiti, where he found his parents and six siblings were fine but the cities were in shambles. Claude spent a brief time in Minotrie feeding the homeless and assisting at a medical clinic before returning to Dordt for classes.

Now Claude has found a way to continue helping his hometown from Northwest Iowa. Claude and his American host, Jeaneen De Jager of Rock Valley, are selling “Support Haiti 2010” t-shirts, with all profits to be donated to Haiti relief efforts through Saving Ministries.

The shirts read, “Support Haiti 2010,” and feature a Haitian flag along with the words, “We Stand With You.” A Bible verse from Psalms 46:2, “Therefore we will not fear though the earth give way,” shares a message of hope for all believers.

The Dordt College Bookstore is serving as a distribution point for the t-shirts, which sell for $15, or $16 for 2X-3X sizes. Dordt’s Justice Matters Club is also assisting with t-shirt sales, with proceeds being used to purchase supplies for survivors in the city of Minotrie.

“If my voice could reach all the world, I would say thank you for supporting Haiti,” says Gillot. “It was good to see people coming from all over the world to raise money. That means a lot for me. They show they love Haiti. I want them to know Haiti people love them too.”

Claude’s presence at Dordt College is the result of mission trip to Haiti that occurred over a year ago. He was an interpreter at Mission of Hope for a Rock Valley couple, Herlan and Jeaneen De Jager, who came to Haiti as volunteers. Claude told the De Jagers of his dream to attend college, and after much prayer they decided to sponsor Claude and help fund his education at Dordt.

Jeaneen De Jager flew to Haiti in July, spent a week with his family, and brought him back to Iowa for the start of the academic year. The earthquake struck on the first day of Dordt’s spring semester.

A summer mission trip to Haiti is now being organized by Claude and Jeaneen. Anyone interested in participating should contact De Jager at 712-470-3969.

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