Business steps up to aid Haitian children

Even though five years have passed since an earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010, its impoverished children continue to suffer. Education in Haiti is only accessible to the wealthy few, and a Chadds Ford business has stepped in to help reverse that situation.

Chef Anthony's Italian Market has committed to assist Mommy Sue's Children, an organization that helps impoverished children in Haiti.

Chef Anthony's Italian Market has committed to support Mommy Sue's Children, an organization that helps impoverished children in Haiti.

Chef Anthony’s Italian Market has announced its commitment to supporting Mommy Sue’s Children, a grassroots effort started by Sue Mardinly, a member of the Concordville-Chadds Ford Rotary. The organization’s goal is to educate and empower underprivileged children in Haiti, according to a Chef Anthony’s press release.

The entire team at Chef Anthony’s Italian Market is inviting the public to kick off the campaign at a fundraiser on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. at its store in Olde Ridge Village, 100 Ridge Rd., Chadds Ford. Tickets are $35 and will include hors-d'oeuvre and sweets. All of the proceeds will go to Mommy Sue’s Children.

In many places in the U.S. there are poor schools, but in Haiti there are no schools for the majority of the poor children, and the schools that do exist are housed in primitive structures and lack clean water, food or teachers. “We at Chef Anthony’s are confident that with the help of Rotary, our customers, and our vendors, that we can bring hope to Mommy Sue’s Children,” the release said. “Children hold the key to the future and as the world gets smaller, it’s our duty as citizen of the world to help all those in need.”

Chef Anthony’s will collect for Mommy Sue’s Children all year long with an in-store collection box located by the registers. Also, on weekends when Chef Anthony is sampling food at the Chef Table, customers are asked to think of the children as they’re enjoying the food and leave a donation.

A $50 contribution buys school supplies for one child while $100 pays a teaches salary for a month; $250 covers yearly tuitions, including two uniforms, supplies and one daily protein for a child, the release said.

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