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A Fort St. John man is joining four other people from across Canada to put the finishing touches on a Haitian orphanage.

The five people are from various TIM-BR Marts across the country and are travelling to Haiti to help finish the “Kay Timbrmart” orphanage house which is located three hours south of Port-au- Prince, says Corey Richards, the store manager of the Woodland TIM-BR Mart in Fort St. John.

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Richards says “Kay” is the Creole word for house.

He will be in Haiti for a little more than a week and says, while there, the group will be staying in a tented compound.

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Richards says TIM-BR Marts across Canada have raised more than $60,000 for the new orphanage, adding that, the local store, alone, has amassed many items to donate to the orphanage. Some of the items include colouring books, pencils, crayons, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, gloves, flip flops, flashlights, kids toys and hats.

He is also crediting a local 14 year-old girl for an extra donation. He says Sarah Gullason and her family have collected and are donating 16 soccer balls and four pumps for the children in the orphanage.

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