Members of Evanston’s Haitian community plan to meet at 7:30 tonight at the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave., to organize relief efforts for the Caribbean nation that was devastated by a 7.0 earthquake Tuesday.

Members of Evanston’s Haitian community plan to meet at 7:30 tonight at the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave., to organize relief efforts for the Caribbean nation that was devastated by a 7.0 earthquake Tuesday.

The Evanston-based Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti is collecting donations of canned goods and medical supplies and hopes to send volunteers to help with relief efforts.

Haitian officials quoted by the New York Times say thousands of people may have died in the quake.

Just last weekend, Haitians in Evanston were celebrating the 206th anniversary of Haiti’s independence from France.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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