Huntington University Students Use Social Media To Raise Money For Haiti

By Ryan Elijah

June 18, 2010 Updated Jan 19, 2010 at 5:48 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The tragedy in Haiti has left organizations turning to technology for quick fund raising.

A class of Huntington University students in a Grassroots Communication J-Term class used social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to raise money for victims in Haiti.

An "HU for change" page was created to raise money for Concern Worldwide, an international humanitarian organization

The class started with a goal of 1-thousand dollars, but in just 4 days they raised almost 4-thousand dollars with the help of social media.

"I'm one person, so supporting one charity I can't really make it go very far because I'm just one person, as a community of like 25, we can push a lot farther", said Huntington Senior Jandra Sutton.

Junior Patrick Burkholder said "it was neat to see how Facebook and Twitter could get a cause out there and to see how we could use it to rally around and raise money in such a quick manner"

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