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Farmers encouraged to gift grains for Haiti


Organizers of the "Special Delivery: Homes. Help. Hope. For Haiti" campaign are now accepting direct gifts of grain from Iowa farmers wanting to support the humanitarian effort providing relief to Haitian earthquake victims.

The campaign, coordinated by the Iowa Food & Family Project, is co-chaired by Iowa's Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Ag Secretary Bill Northey.

Iowans, businesses and organizations are encouraged to donate to the Global Compassion Network (GCN) based in Laurens.  The goal of the campaign is to purchase 48 storm resistant homes to be constructed on the Village of Hope.  The 11-acre village, established last year by the GCN, provides transitional housing for families and children displaced by the January 2010 earthquake.

Farmers can donate to the campaign by downloading a gift-of-grain form from the "Special Delivery" website,, and taking it with them to their local elevator or grain terminal.  With the form, the farmer designates the number of bushels of corn, soybeans or other grain to gift.  The elevator or terminal is then directed to sell the grain at the day's market price and send the proceeds to GCN.

"Iowa farmers are the best in the world at growing soybeans and corn and a gift of grain to the Special Delivery campaign is the perfect way for them to share the result of their expertise," said Aaron Putze, Iowa Soybean Association director of external relations and coordinator of the Iowa Food & Family Project.

The homes those funds will purchase, designed by Sheffield-based Sukup Manufacturing Co., are ideal for Haiti.  They measure 18-feet wide by 14-feet tall and are made entirely of metal, making them resistant to termites and moisture.  Each home can sleep 10 or more and features a double-roofed system that displaces heat, two windows that can be locked from within and a water collection system. The cost of each unit is $5,700, has a life expectancy of 75 years, can withstand strong winds and can be assembled on-site with simple hand tools.

The Iowa Soybean Association is also providing $1,000 per donated home (up to $48,000) towards Meals from the Heartland to provide much-needed food for the Haitian earthquake victims.  Each soy-based food package feeds six people and costs just $1.20.  The meal package contains soy protein, rice, vitamin powder and dried vegetables.

Already the "Special Delivery. Homes. Help. Hope. For Haiti" program has raised funds for 30 homes and enough for meals totaling nearly $175,000.

The campaign runs through June 1.  Donations can also be sent to: GCN, Attn: Special Delivery, 1066 440th St., Linn Grove, IA 51033.


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