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Student groups hold candlelight vigil for Haiti

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The university might be far removed from the crisis in Haiti, but two student organizations are doing their part to encourage student involvement in the disaster relief efforts.

Members of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc. and The Interested Ladies service group of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Inc. will hold a candlelight prayer vigil for Haiti tonight on the steps of Sadler Hall.

Lambda Theta Phi Vice President Juan Martinez, a junior communication studies major, said this nationwide effort by the two organizations serves not only as a tribute to those who lost their lives in the earthquake, but also as a way to provide hope to those still suffering in Haiti by offering the university's support.

The two organizations will be accepting monetary donations as well as canned food items or supplies to aid in the relief effort, Martinez said.

"At TCU we generally pay $40,000 a year to come (here)," Martinez said, adding that students rarely take time to reflect on how much that amount could help those suffering in Haiti. "Just taking that ideal into consideration, we as a community can generate so much more to a population that has less than adequate funding."

Diana Gonzalez, a sophomore early childhood education major and member of The Interested Ladies of Lambda Theta Alpha, echoed Martinez's statements and said that even the smallest donations could go a long way in helping the relief effort. She said the groups did not have a projection of how much money they hoped to raise through the event.

According to the event's Facebook page, 93 people have confirmed their attendance as of Wednesday , but Gonzalez said everyone, including community members, are welcome to attend.

Candlelight prayer vigil and donation collection for Haiti

When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: Steps of Sadler Hall

If the weather is bad, participants will meet in the lobby area of the 1873 Cafe and Sports Grill.

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