Via Peter Iversen – Bloomington Salvation Army Corp
Lt. Jonathan Fitzgerald has eclipsed his half-way point in Haiti, and international generosity has been keeping him busy.
Spending most of the day ensuring supplies are shipped to the area of greatest need, Lt. Jonathan and his team of local Haitians, the U.N. and the United States military are the link between the cargo plane and the residents of tent cities. Arriving on enormous pallets, The Salvation Army ships meals, medical supplies, tents and other necessary items. From there, the supplies are trucked to multiple centers of aid throughout the country.
The largest center is in Port-au-Prince where The Salvation Army oversees the wellbeing of 20,000 Haitians living on the grounds of what used to be a soccer stadium. Lt. Jonathan spent some time walking through that tent city and what he saw was encouraging. People were smiling and going about their lives as best they could. As someone who has travelled throughout the country before, Lt. Jonathan notes that life is returning to a degree of normalcy. His presence in Haiti as a young officer who speaks the language and understands the culture makes recovery a more relational process and Haitians appreciate the work of The Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army has been in Haiti since 1950 and was able to immediately respond to the earthquake. That response is ongoing as the shipments, which Lt. Jonathan and his team oversee, are still arriving in large numbers because the need is still great.
The Salvation Army’s efforts to feed and care for these families in Haiti depends on your donations. Please consider sending a donation today by using the Haiti donation button located in the upper left-hand corner of our website, or by texting “Haiti” to 52000 and $10 will be added to your monthly bill.