LCSN: Hundreds lend hand to Haiti

April 12, 2010. Retrieved online: April 12, 2010, from Ashley Meeks, Las Cruces Sun-News

Taryn Hoover, 22, an employee of Feed My Starving Children, demonstrates to volunteers how to pack meals for donation to Haiti earthquake victims. (Sun-News photo by Robin Zielinski)

Taryn Hoover, 22, an employee of Feed My Starving Children, demonstrates to volunteers how to pack meals for donation to Haiti earthquake victims. (Sun-News photo by Robin Zielinski)

LAS CRUCES – You’ve never seen so many happy people in hair nets.

The crowd of 600 – mostly New Mexico State University students – clapped and sang along Saturday as indie Aggie star Daniel Park segues from Dave Matthews to A-ha on guitar. Someone yells “woo!” every few seconds.

Eyes, however, are down, on the work at hand, 390 grams of dry grainy substances flowing down little chutes into plastic bags, assembly-line style, before being boxed and taken outside the Dickinson’s Event Center to a waiting tractor-trailer.

“It’s 100,000 meals we’ll be sending to Haiti,” said Jonathan Goke, 18, an NMSU freshman and an Associated Students of NMSU Roadrunner intern. “One person each is putting in a measured amount of rice, soy vegetables and chicken in a little package. It’s nutritious and it all fits in a small packet.”

That’s a familiar sight to college kids. Goke added, “It’s basically like a cup of Ramen.”

Volunteers actually had to be turned away, said Jose Rodriguez, the NMSU graduate behind Las Cruces clothing company ROJO Apparel, which sends 50 meals to Haiti for each shirt sold.

Rodriguez tested the 270-calorie meals, which bulk up to fill a pot when added to boiling water.

“Me and my team lived off them for a week,” he said. “They’re on par with Ramen noodles. But we’re spoiled in America.”

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