Haitian Student in Plymouth Worries and Waits

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PLYMOUTH - For James Trazile, Plymouth is a long way from Port au Prince... especially now.

The Haitian native hasn't been able to reach his family since Tuesday's earthquake, and he's fearing the worst.

"I haven't been able to sleep really because seeing all those people camping out and me being here and just having a nice bed to sleep in it's just heartbreaking."

The 21-year-old Lakeland College junior was born in Haiti. His mother, father and brother died of various illnesses before he was 17-years-old.

Raw Video:
AP Video of the quake as it's happening

One person from Southeastern Wisconsin is reported missing in Haiti:
Peter Van Horn, a Town of Delafield Supervisor

More: 
Milwaukee-Area Student Returns from Haiti 
La Crosse Man Feared Dead in Haiti
Watch Out for Haiti Charity Scams
Sheboygan Church Group OK after Quake
Local Woman Longs To Help Family in Haiti
Local Haitian Student Worries and Waits
No Word Yet on Child Sponsored by WTMJ Anchor
Racine Couple Loses Family in Earthquake
Church Groups Workers OK
UW Group in Haiti Unhurt
Local Groups Reeling
Milwaukee's Eyes on Haiti
MSNBC Coverage

Audio: 
Mike Elliott letting "Wisconsin's Morning News" know Melissa Elliott was found
Dr. Ron and Ronnie Pruhs, who have done service work in Haiti for years, on 620WTMJ's Wisconsin's Morning News

Blog: 
Shelley Walcott's "Don't Tell The Boss": My Hope for Haiti
The Cold-Filtered Ramblings of Gene Mueller: How To Help

TODAY'S TMJ4 HD's "How You Can Help Phone Bank"
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Sampling of Haiti-Serving Charities with Milwaukee Connections:
American Red Cross of Southeastern Wisconsin
Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee World Mission Ministries
Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee Haiti Project
Friends for Health in Haiti 
Gesu Parish in Milwaukee, twinning with St. Jude's Church in Haiti
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Milwaukee, twinning with Norwich Mission House in Haiti
Our Little Brothers and Sisters
Salvation Army of Southeastern Wisconsin
St. Francis Cabrini Parish in West Bend's Haiti Outreach
St. Mary's of Hales Corners
Three Angels Children's Relief

Other Efforts: 
Text HAITI to 90999 and $10 will be donated automatically to the Red Cross, charged to your cell phone bill
MSNBC's List of Charitable Organizations

James grew up in abject poverty: "Going to school without eating and all that that was a big challenge."

Lakeland College is a far cry from Port au Prince. James arrived here in 2007 thanks to the help of a Sheboygan missionary family that took him under their wing.

But today as he walks across campus, James is thinking about Haitian relatives he last spoke to Monday night and wondering if he'll ever see them again.

"I could have been there too you know. I feel that could have happened. I could have been in the middle of this. But I'm just thankful to be here today."