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Emergency in Haiti: Please Help Now!
by Brandon Hatmaker on June 5th, 2012

We need your help! Just a few days ago 23 kids were rescued from an orphanage in Haiti that was confirmed as being involved in human trafficking.

These kids have been abused and neglected. Several of the children are sick with fevers, coughs, diarrhea, malnutrition, swollen bellies, and one little boy has rat bites on his feet. The tiniest baby has fever, vomiting, diarrhea and is very skinny. They had to start an IV on him for the night. One 8-year-old weighs just 18 pounds and is the size of a 2-year-old.

As you might imagine, they have some immediate and critical needs. We have a team from Austin New Church heading to Haiti on Monday, June 11. This team will take the first batch of donated supplies to the God’s Littlest Angels (the orphanage who took in the kids). We usually buy all supplies in Haiti, but for this trip we will need the supplies to come from America due to cost and accessibility. Which means, next Tuesday we will be able to tangibly help God’s Littlest Angels and the kids.

Austin Churches – can you ask your church to donate the following THIS week? Our team next week, will take suitcases full of the following supplies:
  •     Boys and Girls Underwear 2-3T
  •     Boys and Girls Underwear Size 4
  •     Anti-fungal cream
  •     Skin Lotion
  •     Baby Oil
  •     Bath Towels
  •     Diapers for age 2 and up
  •     Wet Wipes
  •     High Protein/High Calorie Powder Drink Mix
  •     Pedialyte Powder
  •     Size 18 months to 3 T elastic shorts and T-shirts
DONATE NOW ONLINE (CLICK HERE).

If your browser is not allowing the above link to work, click HERE to go directly to the HELP ONE NOW blog and scroll down to find the "DONATE" button.

100% of online donations (minus transaction fees) will go towards purchasing food in Haiti, (rice, beans, fruit, etc) or will be sent to God’s Littlest Angels to buy more supplies. God’s Littlest Angels will make the final decision. Of course, all donations are tax-deductible.

We will work with the God’s Littlest Angels on a long-term strategy once we meet the short-term needs. For now, please do the following:
  • Pray. For real, we need God to move. Pray for God’s Littlest Angels funds to provide for the kids. Pray for the kids, they are broken, hurting and in need for healing.
  • Give: Donate cash (online) or supplies (to your local church) now. Again, 100% (minus transaction fees) will go directly to purchasing food and supplies. We will keep everyone updated on the amount raised through this blog, and we will take some pictures of the supplies when we take them to Haiti next week.
  • Spread the word – tweet this link, FB this link, email your family and friends, and ask them to get involved. We need to spread the word.
For more information, check out the HELP one Now BLOG.


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19 Comments

Tom Vanderwell - June 5th, 2012 at 2:43 PM
Brandon - thank you very much for doing this. The reports I've had (stateside) is that there were actually three babies under the age of 1 who were hospitalized due to rat bites. Tom
Brandon Hatmaker - June 5th, 2012 at 3:16 PM
Thanks for the update Tom. Horrible reality.
Bruce Turner - June 5th, 2012 at 2:45 PM
Donate link returns the following error... "Sorry — your last action could not be completed"
BH - June 5th, 2012 at 3:17 PM
Thanks Bruce... it's working now. BH
Erin - June 5th, 2012 at 2:46 PM
Brandon/anyone interested in donating funds...
I tried clicking on the first link that you posted, but it didn't work. Could be my computer, but not sure...the HELP one Now BLOG link down at the bottom does work though.
Thank you for bringing this to our attention!!!! We would love to help and spread the word!
Corey Evans - June 6th, 2012 at 7:34 AM
Brandon please contact me, I am leaving for Haiti on the 16th with a group from Life Point Church.
BH - June 6th, 2012 at 4:02 PM
Cory. Might be best to contact Chris Marlow with Help One Now directly. His website is linked above. He's got contact info there. BH
AFE - June 7th, 2012 at 6:34 PM
Is that Life Point Church on 1626? And can supplies be dropped off there?
Faith Goh - June 6th, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Where do we drop off supplies?
BH - June 6th, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Drop off Thursday
Cassi - June 8th, 2012 at 9:07 AM
Brandon, I live in Marble Falls and do not belong to a church at this time, but I want to help! I won't be able to make it to Austin. Are you affiliated with any local churches in Burnet county? Or do you know anyone that lives here that would be willing to pass along my donated items?
Julie - June 9th, 2012 at 6:18 AM
Brandon/others...in addition to the health/personal care items listed above, would there be any way for you to take any toys for these kids? small stuffed animals (at least 23)? thanks...julie pritchett
Brandon - June 9th, 2012 at 8:44 AM
Julie. I think we're gonna stick with their list of items for this trip. You might check directly with HELP ONE NOW and see what they think about it for the future. The link is above to their website. Thanks! BH
julie pritchett - June 9th, 2012 at 6:14 PM
thanks! we will do that. my kids wanted to send the toys, so i thought i'd ask. maybe later. jkp
Toni - June 9th, 2012 at 10:10 AM
Hill Country Bible Church Northwest has teams going to Haiti all summer long. I just dropped my daughter at the Austin airport this morning with a team that is heading there as we speak. You may wanna contact them about future supplies getting to Haiti.I know they had her pack her suitcase with diapers and canned food to bring up this time.
Brandon Hatmaker - June 10th, 2012 at 7:30 PM
Anyone wanting to continue to help, please contact Chris Marlow at Help One Now, directly. The link is in my blog above. They will continue to keep up on how to help moving forward. Most will be monetary gifts so they can purchase items in country. As mentioned in the blog, the only reason we were taking supplies now is to help with immediate needs that they cannot get right away in Haiti. Thanks EVERYONE for your continued support! BH
BH - June 10th, 2012 at 7:36 PM
950 lbs of supplies stuffed into 19 bags. Thanks everyone!
JR - June 11th, 2012 at 9:20 AM
FB won't let me post this - says it's spam-y?? Tried several different times - straight from here and then posting as fb status...
Julie Blauwkamp - June 12th, 2012 at 8:37 PM
Brandon, a team from LifePoint Church in Reisterstown, MD is leaving for Haiti this Saturday. We have been in contact with Help One Now and have coordinated with them to pick up supplies that our church will be sending along with our Haiti Team. We are overjoyed to be able to partner with all of you as we seek to help these precious kids.
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