Responding to Haitian Broken Hearts, Bodies and Homes

The death and destruction caused by the massive earthquake in Haiti continues to unfold. The images of broken hearts, bodies and buildings are heart wrenching. An estimated 100,000 – 200,000 people were killed by Tuesday’s quake that devastated the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, according to the most recent news reports. The quake leveled homes, schools, ministries, the city’s largest hospital and government buildings.

“I know folks are wondering how they can help,” said Pastor Pat Williams, Sunapee, of the Community United Methodist Church that serves Sunapee area communities. The church will collect and ship out assistance on a regular basis working through United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), a relief organization that’s been working in Haiti for years, Pastor Williams said.

“The United Methodist Church has as very strong disaster team, which allows us to directly get funds to the overwhelming need in Haiti. Our warehouse in Louisiana has already begun shipping health kits.”

The Sunapee Methodist Church on Sunday will distribute UMCOR information (UMCOR insert – PDF 78KB) and will work to provide updated information on its website about local collection efforts. For more information, visit or email

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