GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - There are people from West Michigan among the 3 million affectedby
Mallery Thurlow is a Cornerstone University graduate workingwith children through the HaitiFoundation Against Poverty.
She is posting updates on her Facebook page, reading, "PRAY FORHAITI...the guest house is flat, the orphanage is flat, Gertrudeand Frentz are alive. Naika is bleeding. I can't find Kelencia orany of our other children. Tijean is missing. I will keep postingupdates. children are screaming and crying in the background."
Later, she updated, including a photo of a little girl."...Misslyne has been found. Her youngest, my goddaughter, isbleeding from her head. Migvee, the middle child, (1 1/2 yrs)pictured is dead. Guerlick, the oldest boy (3 yrs) is also bleedingand in critical condition..."
Doug Porritt of Raysof Hope for Haiti is trying to locate members of his team inthe heart of the destruction in Haiti. He has been on the phonesince news of the disaster hit Tuesday afternoon. Communication isspotty but he has learned some of his staff are all right, othersare still missing. He wrote in a news letter, "We are worried aboutthese dear friends of Rays of Hope for Haiti and if anyone has anyword on the situation or condition please contact me..."
Susan Hansen told 24 Hour News 8 she has been worried about twofriends on a mission trip. They are from her congregation at FaithUnited Methodist Church in Edmore -- a recent Montabella HighSchool graduate and the owner of a Blanchard blueberry farm. Sheconfirmed the 2010 Haiti Team is all right, stationed in Jeremie,some distance from the earthquake epicenter, which was just 10miles from the capital of Port-au-Prince.
Pastor Steve Igo of Cedar Presbyterian Church in Hudsonville isin Haiti right now. He is 15 miles north of where the quake struck,and is in contact with other missionaries right in the heart of thedevastation. He fears the death toll will be severe.
"We're hearing many, many - could be thousands. They'reoverwhelmed by the sheer quantity. They're just lots of structuresdamaged, collapsing upon people, either trapping them, injuring orkilling them."
Haiti earthquake supplies
Nonperishable food items including beans, rice, canned goods,cooking oil, powdered milk, canned milk, peanut butter, salt,over-the-counter medical supplies, bandages, wraps, sheets,blankets, toothbrushes, toothpaste, washcloths and towels
Can be dropped off at --
446 Grandville Ave., loading dock #6, in Grand Rapids
Call (616) 206-7948 for more information
Monetary donations can also be dropped off at the site (pleasecall the number; don't leave money at the dock
Or mail the donations to --
Rays of Hope for Haiti
946 Burton SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Make tax-deductible checks payable to Rays of Hope for Haiti
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