Happy hour for Haiti

By Stefano DiPietrantonio – bio |email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX10) - Have a cocktail and help out Haiti. It was a simple idea for patrons of a local bar. This spontaneous act of kindness was the quick-thinking of friends Erin, Stephanie and Dan, who pulled it all together at the Black Finn downtown.

They capitalized on people going to happy hour, and after three and a half hours of shaking a lot of hands and collecting cash, they were able to raise a fast, $625 to give to the Red Cross, to help people out in Haiti.

"We really just wanted to help out," said Erin St. George, one of the organizers. "We wanted to find a way to help out and when we heard about the disaster in Haiti, we decided we wanted to do something."

So, they approached the Black Finn and came-up with a "Happy Hour For Haiti."

People paid five bucks, got a red wristband, and then enjoyed half-price drinks from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.

There were plenty of free appetizers, which Manager Jim Caruso said the chef whipped-up in no time.

"We had some chicken tenders, some quesadillas out there, a little cracker and cheese tray," Caruso said.

The Black Finn kitchen kept re-stocking it over and over.

One-by-one, people dug into their pockets and stuffed their dollar bills into a milk jug with the Red Cross logo on it. Each dollar will go to help the Red Cross International Disaster Relief Fund.

So, while the patrons enjoyed their drinks, the Red Cross asks Americans to consider this: Right now, the Red Cross Teams are focused on purifying Haiti's water supply and expect to deliver clean drinking water to about 400,000 people each day by truck.

The Black Finn was swimming with business. There were lots of people just hanging out, savoring the good times and knowing even just a little help from Cincinnati, will go a long way in Haiti.

"Aww, I don't know how anybody's going to say no," Caruso said. "There's a lot of bad things going on down there, a lot of people in need, so of course we're going to do everything we can to help out."

It was that easy, a group of friends with a simple idea, then approaching a local business to help them pull it off.

By the way, their goal was 3-hundred dollars, so they were thrilled that they had doubled their goal.

With all of the long-term problems facing Haiti right now, it may take a lot of impromptu acts of kindness like that all over the world, to help a small country, get back on it's feet.

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