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A Million Apples for Haiti kickoff concert

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YAKIMA--A campaign to build homes in Haiti starts off with a bang (and some other musical sounds) in Yakima.

The Village Musicians, a local teen group made up of three brothers, are gathering 10,000 boxes of apples from local growers and shippers to help survivors of the January earthquake that rocked Haiti.

The boys hope to sell 9,000 of those boxes.  The proceeds will then be used to build 24 quake-resistant homes.  The other thousand boxes will go directly to Haitians, many of whom often consider apples a luxury item.

Organizers hope to sell all 9,000 boxes by the end of April.  It may sound like a daunting task, but organizers say they'll make it happen.

"One thing I've come to really appreciate about Yakima is the incredible giving spirit of our valley," Russ Wilkinson, father of The Village Musicians, said.  "The more I become involved in this sort of thing, it is amazing, the giving of our community."

About 300 people showed up for Sunday's concert at the Capitol Theatre, which was headlined by a quartet from the Yakima Symphony Orchestra.

Now, the work starts to sell all those boxes of apples.  You will start seeing them for sale at local businesses, clubs and church groups in the coming days.