By Samone Davis
Reaching out to a desperate country, Palm Beach Atlantic University students contributed to Haiti relief efforts by loading and unloading supplies at Missionary Flights International in Ft. Pierce.
As Workship volunteers, students helped package 600 pounds of food, 13 boxes of hygiene and first aid supplies, 30 cases of water and more than 40 bags of clothes.
Photo courtesy of Workship
“Participating in the [Haiti relief] Workship was heart-warming,” said freshman Timeelah MiAnn, “Being there really put things in perspective for me and it made me realize how blessed I am.”
Missionary Flights International has been flying from Florida to Haiti daily since the Jan. 12 earthquake. Workship students helped on Jan. 23.
By Kristina Webb
Since a 7.1-magnitude earthquake shook their home on Jan. 12, the people of Haiti have looked to the sky, searching for aid that has been trickling into their shattered country.
There are over 100,000 Haitian immigrants in Miami alone, according to government records. With such a large Haitian community, South Florida has been at the epicenter of Haitian relief efforts.
Missionary Flights International (MFI), whose headquarters are in Fort Pierce, has been flying to Haiti for almost 40 years. MFI provided the first relief flight on the ground in Haiti, aside from the military, arriving less than 24 hours after the earthquake.
In addition to taking supplies such as dry goods and medical necessities, MFI brought back a special passenger load on Jan. 18 — a group of 26 Haitian orphans meeting their new parents for the first time.