Prairie Village church sends aid to hurricane-ravaged Haiti

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PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. -- Haiti is nearly 2,000 miles away from the metro, but a Prairie Village church isn’t letting distance dictate how they can help. Hurricane Matthew ravaged the small coastal country leaving thousands without family members, homes, and food. A few dozen volunteers here are doing what they can to help.

The Haines sisters are just two of dozens of volunteers who spent their Sunday morning at Asbury United Methodist. Emily Haines said, “I think it’s really cool to be able to do this. It’s a great opportunity.”

They’re making meals to help Haiti -- the small coastal country ravaged by Hurricane Matthew this week. Close to a thousand are dead and those numbers are rising.

Volunteer Ashley Haines said, “This is my chance to fix it. This is me helping out people in Haiti, people who can’t get their food.”

Joe Falter works for Stop Hunger Now; the group that’s partnering with the Asbury UMC so they can team up to package about 10,000 meals in just a couple hours.

Falter said, “How can we encourage children to give back, creating empathy? Creating a sense of community for them is really important and is a goal of ours.”

The packets are a blend of soy, dried vegetables, a nutrient packet, and rice. Each meal packet will feed six people. After the bags are weighed and sealed, they’re packed into boxes. A nearly 2,000-mile trip to Haiti, some warm clean water, and a family of six is enjoying a hot meal.

Falter said, “All they need is a liter and a half of water.”

Warm clean water, a healthy filling meal, and reassurance that a pair of sisters somewhere across the world wants to help them recover.

Haines said, “She’s helping me and I’m helping her and knowing that there are other sisters that are going to get the same bag and they’re going to open it and they’re going to feel really good.”

Those boxes will get shipped to Haiti this week.