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Local Organizations Hold Super Bowl Fundraisers

MONROE (KNOE 8 NEWS) - Some local charities are cashing in on the Super Bowl and the Saints's success to help their causes.

Members of Monroe's Greek Orthodox Church knew they had to do something to help the earthquake victims in Haiti.  Shortly after, gyros for Haiti was born. The church is selling the traditional Greek sandwiches on Saturday and Super Bowl Sunday, calling it a "tailgate special." 

"We all got together and said 'we've got to help the victims,'" said Alex George, president of the church.

The Coffee Bean is the place to buy special "Who Dat" t-shirts. They benefit a church youth camp in Tallulah.  Profits go to help children have a fun and safe summer experience.

"There are some children who don't have as much as others, so this will allow them to go to camp," said Kim Verhagen, owner of The Coffee Bean.

The United Way of Northeast Louisiana is also in the "Who Dat" spirit.  

It's raffling two autographed Drew Brees/blue dog posters to benefit the 25 local organizations it serves.

"Organizations like The Wellspring, The Red Cross, and ARCO - just a whole variety of non-profits," said Janet Durden, United Way Director.

First Baptist Church in West Monroe is also holding a gumbo fundraiser Super Bowl Sunday. Proceeds go to the free men's ministry, which helps men transition from prison back into the community.  Tickets are $8, and it starts at 10 AM.

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