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Local high school helping children in Haiti

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It's been three years since an earthquake devastated Haiti. But the situation still remains critical. Food is still a big need and with that in mind, a local high school band decided to do a different kind of fundraiser, one that would also help orphans and children who are hungry.

It's a different kind of beat for the Mountain Brook High School Band, a different kind of precision.. with a purpose.

Band member, Julia Lott, says "The looks on their faces, they're all so cute." More than 10-thousand meals.. prepared and boxed for hungry children and orphans in Haiti. "It's so different than any fundraiser I've been a part of."

Don Carmichael, President of Feed the Need, says "Every student has set up a website with their picture on it and they email blast that to friends and family and people from all over the world are sending donations."

More than 50,000 dollars has come in so far.. a number that has surpassed what they hoped to raise. Band Director, Frank Blanton, says "All of this was an unknown since we were the first group to do this kind project, first public school to do it. We didn't know what to expect."

Besides paying for the expense to distribute the food.. money will also help pay for these students to attend a band competition in New York. Carmichael says "About 60-percent will go directly to the families band accounts to send the kids up there." Lott says "The awesome thing about being in band is you're never just working for yourself, it's always about a team effort."

The band still needs donations to help pay for their trip to New York. It's the only high school band in the state attending the competition. If you would like to make a donation just visit www.mbhsband.com and click on the Feed the Need link.

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