Local church working to save Haiti orphanage
ALLENTOWN, Pa. - January 15, 2010 (WPVI) -- Providing rescue and relief for Haiti is a global effort, and that includes many local groups.
Among them, a Lehigh Valley church that already had ties to Haiti before the earthquake hit.
Life Church in Allentown owns and operates an orphanage on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince. Team members from the church left for Haiti on Wednesday. Now, church members back here are working to make sure they have everything they need to help the children of their orphanage.
"I'm trying to pack a little bit of everything. Flashlights, first aid, food, medical supplies and masks so that, when the team gets out there, they have what they need," said church member Holly Armbuster.
The first team of church members is already there on the ground in Haiti trying to get to the orphanage the church owns and operates just outside of Port-au-Prince.
Fortunately, there is some good news.
"The kids are fine, they're fine. The only thing is they're living outside in the garden right now because the house suffered severe damage and they don't want to go inside because they don't think that it is safe," said church member Luz Crespo.
Those church members in Haiti have some supplies with them already. Once they can get to the orphanage, they will figure out what will be needed in the next wave of supplies to be sent.
"We have people who can go in and help rebuild, we have people who are medical professionals that are willing to go in," said the Rev. David Jones of Life Church.
Life Church knows the orphans it cares for needs them more than ever. On its website, the church has put out a plea for donations of sleeping bags, tarps, dry foods, and medical supplies, all of it so desperately needed in Haiti.
"A lot of the children lost their families, now situation with orphans in Haiti will be worse, so more than ever we need to be there to serve them," said Crespo.
The Life Church in Allentown is also asking for donations of tents, cereal bars, powdered milk and zip lock bags. They ask that you call ahead before dropping anything off. They can also use monetary donations and something else everyone can give to help... Thoughts and prayers.
1401 East Cedar Street
Allentown, Pa. 18109
haitian earthquake, haiti, local/state, sarah bloomquist
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