Local Groups Reeling After Haiti Earthquake
Charity workers were scheduled to go to Haiti on Wednesday. Video by wtmj.comvideo
HALES CORNERS - Boxes of supplies now sit in the basement of St. Mary Catholic Faith Community in Hales Corners.
Everything from medical equipment to baby necessities that Pam Lownik and six other women planned to take to Haiti. They were due to leave on a flight out of O'Hare at 5:30 Wednesday morning.
But then, shocking news: "One of the women on the trip called me and said, 'Pam there's been a major earthquake in Haiti.' And I thought she was kidding."
Member of their group already in Haiti described the destruction by email: Scores of dead and injured, no electric power, hospitals damaged or destroyed.
But many others from Wisconsin are there, including a seven person group from the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee's Haiti Project; a group of engineering students from UW Madison; and Delafield's Town Supervisor Pete Van Horn are on humanitarian projects, and all are thankfully accounted for, thanks to updates posted on Facebook or through email.
But Pam says she could just cry for the people who call Haiti home. "The country has had nothing go right in 200 years. I mean one blow after another and it just almost doesn't seem fair."
Pam and her group still plan to make their trip to Haiti, as soon as they can.
TODAY'S TMJ 4, Newsradio 620 WTMJ and the Red Cross are hosting a phone bank where you can help people affected bby the disaster in Haiti at (414) 967-5417 and 1-888-363-0023 from now until 7:00 pm.