Mississippi lawmakers, Gov. Haley Barbour and state Capitol employees are donating about $10,000 of their own money for earthquake relief in Haiti.
The money will go to the relief fund run by former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
Democratic state Sen. Willie Simmons of Cleveland challenged elected officials and staff members to dig into their own pockets to help with the effort, and people have been donating since last week.
During a brief ceremony Tuesday in the House, Barbour said Mississippians are still thankful for all the public and private donations that poured into the state after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He said helping the people in Haiti is a way to show gratitude for the Katrina aid.
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