Students brave weather to attend candlelight vigil for Haiti

Editor’s note: This story was revised for accuracy at 9:25 p.m. Feb. 13.

Despite the snow that covered campus, more than 30 people gathered Thursday night to take donations and pray for the people of Haiti.

Members of the Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc. and The Interested Ladies of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Inc., a service group, held the Candle Light Vigil for Haiti. Diana Gonzalez, a member of The Interested Ladies of Lambda Theta Alpha, said the fraternity and sorority, along with the Pave the Way Foundation and the Lambda Theta Phi Foundation, collected donations from the event.

Participants lit candles and listened to Lambda Theta Phi Vice President Juan Martinez speak about the conditions in Haiti and how the Haitians needed their support. A moment of silence was also observed.

Some of the participants huddled together and sang gospel songs as their candles continued to burn. A few snowball fights broke out as well.

David Sanchez, public relations chair for Lambda Theta Phi, said the fraternity decided to continue with its plans to participate in the nationwide fraternity candlelight vigil. The event was organized to collect donations ranging from care packages to monetary contributions, he said.

“In order for us to have pride about what we do and the way we live is to come together about what happened in Haiti,” Sanchez said.

Ashley Aguilar, a freshman nursing major, said the event made her realize what the people of Haiti were going through.

“It really made me appreciate what I have…I just feel really, really blessed by everything,” she said.

Martinez said the fraternity estimated it raised $50 at the candlelight vigil. The fraternity will be collecting donations until next Friday. People can donate by using the groups’ joint Web site atlambda1975.org/HaitianRelief.