Restaurants raise funds for Haiti

CONYERS -- Residents in Rockdale County and surrounding areas can help the people of Haiti by visiting one of several restaurants participating in a special dining out event next month.

During Hope for Haiti, five restaurants in Conyers will donate a portion of their sales to relief for Haiti earthquake victims on certain times and days, mostly in March.

"It's such a simple concept," said Brenda Durham, an organizer of the event. "By Americans eating out, we are providing food and medical supplies to those in need."

On Monday and March 8, Shane's Rib Shack in Conyers will donate a portion of its funds to the cause, and from 5 to 9 p.m. March 16, the O'Charley's locations in Conyers, McDonough and Snellville will donate a portion of its funds.

From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, guests with a flier advertising the cause can help efforts through Applebee's in Conyers, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, guests with a flier can donate through Chili's in Conyers. Flyers at Chili's are available at the restaurant until the day before the event and at various stores around town; Applebee's flyers also are available around town. They also are available at Crosspoint Christian Church, which is located at 4550 Ga. Highway 20 S. in Conyers.

Guests visiting Cafe Milano Italian restaurant in Conyers from February until April can present their receipt or mail it to Crosspoint Christian Church, which will collect a portion of sales from the restaurant.

Crosspoint Christian Church is sponsoring the event and will donate funds to the Haitian Christian Mission, an organization located outside Port-Au-Prince that has been operating for 35 years to help residents through clinics, schools, churches and food distribution programs.

Durham said several church members visited Haiti in October, seeing a high need for assistance, but after the earthquake hit, it has caused an even greater need for the country.

"Our hearts broke," Durham said. "They need food and medical supplies so desperately."

The church, which has had members visit Haiti to volunteer since the earthquake, plans to organize several other fundraisers for Haiti relief later throughout the rest of the year.