Here’s a short report over a big endavour that from West Texas goes all the way to the needing Caribbean.
Showing that good deeds and resolutions are not exclusive of the Holidays and don’t end with the beginning of the new year, Lubbock’s community promptly joined the world-wide call for help to Haiti. And they did it pretty loud, with the “Lubbock Cares” project.
Two days ago (Jan 19th), Lubbock’s Mayor Tom Martin joined with members of local relief organizations to update folks on the “Lubbock Cares” effort for Haiti.
We mentioned in an earlier report the effort provided by the “Breedlove” company, ready to ship over $7 million worth of emergency food. Now the “Food Bank” ‘s former president, Tom Hurley, and his “Hurley Companies of Texas” have 20 truck loads of water ready to ship to Haiti. The trucks have not been sent yet, but as Shaun Hurley stated, they’re just waiting for the OK from the government to ship it.
Many less “local” companies, including Starbucks, UPS and United Supermarkets, have proposed and implemented successful bona-fide charity fund-raisings, or have donated through relief agencies for the victims in Haiti, and the funds are bound to rise as you read.
Yet, help may come under different forms and deeds. Local Dr. John Thomas, for instance, is working to put together a team of medical experts to travel to Haiti.
“I’m hoping somebody that’s listening to this has a private jet or Southwest or Continental, whoever is listening to this conversation and will donate their jet and we can pack the stuff, we can go there and it’s not far away,” said Dr. John Thomas, a surgeon and founder of Operation H.O.P.E.
This may sound like a cry for help that followed the recent Twitter hoax about American Airlines allegedly flying volunteer doctors to Haiti free of charge. While this false and soon officially denied rumor may have been a low and shameful attempt to muddy the waters of real charity, we hope it may have inspired such a hope in Dr. John Thomas.
To acknowledge the community effort, Mayor Tom Martin said: “We received the aid from people 40 years ago in a terrible disaster and we’re there to help other who are in similar need”.
“It’s a very compassionate community. You see poeple helping out their neighbors here and so when they see something like this in Haiti that’s an extension of their neighbors,” said David Fish, current CEO of Breedlove Inc.
All of the above is just a local display of how the famous “Yes. We. Can.” is nowadays, for help to Haiti and the needing, “Yes. We. Must.”.