Tears for Haiti

My church had a fundraising project this month collecting soaps, toothbrushes, towels, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc. to make relief kits to send to Haiti. I sent out a request to friends and family and collected two boxes of items. It wasn't much considering the enourmous need but it was something in addition to monetary donations. To finish off the fundraiser the Director of Church Relations from World Vision came to speak about his experience there during the earthquake. He had been there leading a group of volunteers when he was caught in the earthquake.

His talk moved me to tears as he recounted the first moments and then the chaos afterwards. Luckily their entire group was safe and the hotel that they stayed at became a makeshift hospital (armed with only shredded bedsheets and bottles of iodine) and morgue. I can't even imagine the horrors that he saw or heard.

One thing that I thought was quite haunting was the wails from the entire city of Port Au Prince after the earthquake. The crying from pain, sorrow, fear, desperation...

If you are interested here is his story "Wailing filled the air." I'm sure it will move you just as it has moved me. His story has left me feeling...I don't know...restless...uneasy...wanting to do more....I will have to do some research to see where I can help the most.

For those interested in making donations here are a few links. I love the new version of "We are the world" and it inspires me to do more. I believe every download of the song and video goes toward Haiti.

We are the World

Red Cross

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