Local agency brings hope to Haiti - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/25/10

Local agency brings hope to Haiti

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It has been three months, but Haiti's devastating earthquake is still shaking up Lubbock relief efforts. For 10 years Operation Hope has brought hope to countries in need, and now they're extending a helping hand to Haiti.

Operation Hope executive director Sandi Turner says many people don't realize the continuing devastating that has taken over Haiti. "People have forgotten about Haiti. It happened back in January and so people really stepped up at that time but it's ongoing. They've lost everything they have," said Turner.

To help alleviate some of that suffering, Turner says every Friday Operation Hope sets up a collection drop-off at Freebirds located off the South Loop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There people can donate items to be shipped to Haiti or buy T-shirts to help raise money. Operation Hope has also recently teamed up Accolade Home Care and Hospice for a joint collection site at Lowe's Market Place on Friday March 26th from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

"It's important to collect those items, care kits, hygiene packs, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. Anything you need to look good, they need to," said Turner. Since January Operation Hope has raised $20,000 all of which will go toward shipping the donations and supplies.

Operation Hope expects to ship the supplies in the later part of May. During that time, the agency will also send a group of 20 people to help out in Haiti for one week. Turner says many going are doctors and nurses because of the huge medical need.

(Click Hereto donate to Operation Hope.

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