Hamilton shop’s fundraiser to help volunteer work in Haiti

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Hamilton shop’s fundraiser to help volunteer work in Haiti

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Dr. Kelly Crowdis is an American veterinarian who has worked in Haiti for the past 10 years. Hamilton shop Made for Love is holding a fundraiser to support efforts by Crowdis, including her “Give a Kid a Kid” program. The program has helped give Haitians a sustainable income by providing families with a baby goat. Crowdis is pictured with some of the children she has helped. CONTRIBUTED

A fundraiser featuring samples from local restaurants and a silent auction will help to fund a local shop’s support of outreach work in Haiti.

Hamilton downtown shop Made to Love donates half the money from its sales to artists living in Haiti, while another portion of the funds is used to provide school scholarships to Haitian children.

On Wednesday, Feb. 1, the business will host a fundraiser at the Fitton Center and will be joined by a veterinarian who has worked in Haiti for the past 10 years.

Made to Love co-founders Tony and Christin Harris and Shari Miller have teamed up with Dr. Kelly Crowdis, an American veterinarian, who is working to eradicate rabies in the country.

Crowdis also helps to develop agriculture and reforestation in the country, according to Tony Harris.

“She works to provide sustainable development in Haiti,” Harris, also a Hamilton firefighter, said.

Her program, Give a Kid a Kid, also teaches children about raising goats. The project provides sustainable income for families who can use the goat’s milk and sell its offspring.

The non-profit’s fundraiser, called “Shoot for the Moon,” will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Fitton Center, 101 S. Monument St., and will benefit the work done by Crowdis and the international group Retavek, which is working to stop child slavery in Haiti.

“We hope to raise a lot of money to support Kelly and the work she does,” Tony Harris said.

Tickets can be purchased for $20 at Made to Love, 6 S. 2nd St., or for $25 the night of the event. Children ages 12 and younger are admitted free.

For more information, contact the shop at 513-869-8175 or visit their Facebook page.

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