Millie’s Caribbean Market, located at 2035 South Lumpkin Rd. in Columbus, is collecting cash for Haiti earthquake victims.
"All you have to do it put on the TV and see the devastation that's going on over there," said Millie's owner Harold Encarnacion.
Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, was rocked by a massive earthquake Jan. 12. The aftermath of the powerful quake has devastated the region and hundreds of thousands are feared dead.
Encarnacion said he isn't sure how much Millie's has collected so far. He is asking customers to place donations in a Red Cross can at his restaurant. He and his staff are also planning a candlelight vigil to remember those lost in Haiti. The vigil is planned for Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.
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"We'd like all the community to come down on Feb. 27 and put in a donation and light a candle," he said.
For Encarnacion, who does not have any personal connection to Haiti, it was important for him to raise money and awareness.
"I've got an international market and have a few Haitian customers," he said. "Everyone is with me, everyone is for it, everyone is donating."
He said Millie's had a similar fundraising event during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, where about $5,000 was raised.