Haiti's earthquake victims—already receiving aid from the U.S. military, international relief organizations and volunteers on the ground—are also getting a hand from kayaking preteens, pajama-wearing office workers and a parachuting nun.
Sister Jane Meyer, principal at St. Agnes Academy in Houston and a Dominican sister for more than 50 years, pledged to take a 14,000-foot leap out of an airplane if her students raised $25,000 by Ash Wednesday—a little more than a month after the Jan. 12 earthquake. Sister Jane, who runs three-and-1/2 miles a day, said it would be her first-ever jump.
By holding bake sales, T-shirt sales, talent shows, raffles and a student art auction, and by soliciting community donations, St. Agnes Academy blew past the goal ahead of the Feb. 17 deadline and raised $88,684.24 for Catholic Relief Services. "I hope this works," Sister Jane recalls thinking just before her Feb. 14 tandem jump, done with an instructor. "I kept thinking, 'Boy, I've got to walk the talk,' because I always tell our students they have to take good risks and stretch themselves."