Updated 02/22/2010 02:51 PM
Volunteers ship supplies to Haitian orphanage
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WINSTON-SALEM – Several Winston-Salem organizations have been collecting baby supplies to send to orphanages in Haiti destroyed by January's earthquake.
Monday morning, volunteers packed up those donations so others from Prodigals Community, a long-term residential substance abuse recovery program, can drive the supplies to Delaware. There, they'll be combined with other donations, packed on a school bus and shipped to one of the orphanages.
“We're coming to pick up donations, to drive to Delaware so that they can fill up a bus and take it to Haiti for the victims over there,” Lee McKeithan, a volunteer, said.
McKeithan, who graduated the recovery program, now says it's his turn to give back.
“So many people helped me and helped the residents at Prodigals as a whole, that just to give back something is really fulfilling,” McKeithan said.
A number of churches, businesses and even Fort Bragg made donations. Organizers say they ended up with much more than they planned.
“We thought we were going to have 12 boxes, but now we got almost 35 boxes of supplies, of items that are going over to help the children and feed the children in the orphanage,” said Dr. Cathy Griffin-Famble, education department chair at Winston-Salem State and organizer of the event.
All of the supplies collected are going to Kids Visions orphanage in Port-Au-Prince on the school bus. The bus will be put on a boat and shipped to Haiti, where a volunteer will claim it and drive it to the orphanage.
"This makes sure that there is a constant chain of ownership of our property so that we make sure it gets right to the source,” Griffin-Famble said.
McKeithan says he knows all their work will be appreciated.
“They're going to love it, they're going to love it, cause we've seen some of this stuff, Johnson & Johnson products, baby bottles, rattles, things that they need for the kids and stuff,” McKeithan said.
This is the third school bus that Dover, Va.-based Because We Care has sent to Haiti. They've been supporting two orphanages for the last nine years.