AlaDems help gather supplies for Haiti
The Alabama Democratic Party, local businessman Frank Evans and Anne and Stephanie Reynolds of HIPHaiti are helping following the disastrous earthquake on Jan. 12.
The Reynolds, who live in Montgomery, organized a private flight that left early Thursday carrying 2,000 pounds of medical supplies and food to Haiti.
They have scheduled a second flight to Haiti for Saturday morning.
The Reynolds were in Port-au-Prince at the time of the earthquake.
Anne Reynolds has been doing relief work in Haiti since 2001 and founded the non-profit Humanitarians Initiating Progress in Haiti or HIPHaiti in 2008 with Stephanie, her daughter.
The Reynolds worked with the Democratic Party to gather thousands of pounds of the supplies that they said are desperately needed.
Joe Turnham, chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party, was on the Thursday flight with Evans, the plane's owner and a Montgomery businessman, and the pilot to assist unloading supplies.
HIPHaiti and the Alabama Democratic Party are still accepting donations of medical supplies and nonperishable food items including rice, beans and MRE's.
The party has a list of specific medical supplies that are needed including IV solutions, IV catheters, analgesics, antibiotics, anesthetic products, sutures, gloves and some other specific items.
People can contact the party for more information at (334) 262-2221.
Also, the Reynolds will attend the Give a Hand to Haiti event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Alley Bar, 166 Commerce St. in downtown.
Proceeds from the event will go to HIPHaiti and Partners in Health, a non-profit medical organization founded in Haiti. People can find more information about Give a Hand to Haiti at AlleyBarMontgomery.com.
People can also find more information about HIPHaiti at HIPHaiti.Wordpress.com, and about Partners in Health at PIH.org.
-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen