Haiti Relief Effort
The Souderton Mennonite Church sold more than 5,000 donuts Tuesday for Fastnacht Day, raising more than $13,000 for church relief efforts in Haiti. Jeannine Cardona, who was in charge of the donut project, says the money will pay for tents, which are badly-needed in a small town hit hard by last month’s earthquake.
“Our need is for the village of Cotes-de-Fer because they are living with nothing. They are living under tarps, under sheets, and the rain is going to start coming in a month or two, and they have no shelter whatsoever.”
Her father, Jim Frankenfield, says he visited the village two days after the quake.
“I went down there and tended to the sick and took a tour of the town and recognized that it’s total devastation. Every building in the town was either leveled or it was structurally unsound and it would have to come down.”
Frankenfield says they have a 53-foot trailer, and they hope to fill it with a minimum of 400 tents plus five-gallon buckets for hauling water, as well as blankets and personal hygiene items including soap and toothpaste. They also need money. The trailer will be driven to Florida in about three weeks and put on a ship bound for Haiti. Pastor Gerry Clemmer says the church, working through Mennonite Disaster Services, has a relationship with the town dating back to a hurricane that hit it hard in the mid 1960’s.
“Little did we know that, here in 2010, there would be a group from Souderton Mennonite Church right by Cotes-de-Fer and able to lend aid, and even now to know the connection that we can have with that town to help rebuild or at least to provide shelter and emergency aid, which we really think is important, and we think it’s more than just circumstance. We think it’s Providence.”
27 people from the church were there when the earthquake hit last month. Donations can be dropped off at the Souderton Mennonite Church from 9:00 to 11:00AM Saturday and 7:00 to 9:00PM Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. For more information go to Tents for Haiti on facebook.