Ala. 2-year colleges join to help build in Haiti

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's two-year colleges are joining forces to help build houses after last month's crippling earthquake in Haiti.

The systemwide project announced Thursday will raise funds in various campaigns through April and donate the money to Habitat for Humanity Haiti.

Some schools had already been collecting items including soap, first aid kits, small toys, diapers and powered infant formula to send to the country. Others have held pizza sales, hot-dog fundraisers and spare change drives to raise money.

One school is collecting jeans to send to Haiti while another has organized a shoe drive.

Money raised by the system will go toward both transitional shelters and permanent homes. Transitional shelters cost up to $2,500 while permanent structures can cost up to $6,000.

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