Your Shoes and Meals Reach Haiti

02/26/13

On October 13, 2012, people from all over Orange County, California, came together to change children's lives.  In one day, 750 people gathered in the warehouse of local business Applied Medical and packaged more than 80,000 meals to send to children in Haiti.  Volunteers loaded the meals, along with shoes and SmilePacks® filled with hygiene and school supplies, into a shipping container to be sent to needy children in Haiti.  Churches from all over Orange County and Los Angeles County had sent additional meals and supplies, which also went in the shipment—for a total of almost 200,000 meals. Then they prayed over the container and sent it off, knowing their simple gifts would bring hope, change, and opportunity to the children who received them. 

 
                      People from seven local churches packaged meals to help needy children in Haiti
Children and adults from seven local churches packaged meals to help needy children in Haiti.
 
                      Volunteers loaded supplies into a shipping container bound for Haiti
Volunteers loaded meals, shoes, and other donated supplies into a shipping container to be sent to Haiti.
 
In December, the shipping container arrived in Haiti.  By early February, our staff had transported the supplies to our ministry base in the town of Bellevue and sorted your gifts.  Just last week, all seventy-five Haitian children in our new sponsorship program got to experience their first resource distribution.  They were overjoyed to receive shoes, sheets, and hygiene supplies, all packaged in a very practical bucket, which they can use for carrying water and washing.   
 
Marc Antoine, our Haiti Village Partnership Program coordinator, has a message for everyone who helped get these essential supplies to so many children through donations of resources, time, and money:  "It was a blessing for all of us to distribute the things and make people happy. You make a big difference with those things. Please enjoy with us the joy you made in our children's and parents' hearts!" 
 
Enjoy Marc's great photos of the children with their gifts from you!
 
                       Children received shoes thanks to partners who donated through Lightfeet Project
Children received shoes, thanks to hundreds of partners from Phoenix, Arizona, who donated through an event organized by COTN partner Lightfeet Project.
 
                       Children were overjoyed to have their own backpacks and school supplies
Children were overjoyed to have their own backpacks and school supplies, thanks to partners like you!
 
                       The supplies were packaged in buckets, which the families will use for washing
The supplies were packaged in buckets, which the families will use for carrying water and washing.
 
          A sponsored child enjoys a meal and a coloring book, thanks to partners like you
A sponsored child enjoys a meal and a coloring book, thanks to partners like you!
 
Thank you for sending school supplies and meals to Haitian children!
 
Find out how you can sponsor a child in Haiti today!