Having lived in Florida for 27 years, I’ve weathered a few storms. David. Katrina. Frances. Jeanne. Wilma. Dozens more near misses and dozens more tropical storms and depressions. Only once do I remember being truly afraid when a neighboring commercial building lost it’s roof during Wilma and the debris began banging into our home. It sounded WAY worse than it actually was since it was reverberating off our metal shutters.
But watching the reports the last few days, even as the Hurricane Matthew seems to make it’s shift our direction, I can only think of one thing…Haiti.
I visited Haiti with my dear daughter Ryli summer before last. Poverty like I have never seen– except maybe in the ghettos of South Africa. Lacking the basic necessities of food, clothing and shelter– most of Haiti’s citizens are in dire straits when a storm like Matthew comes.
There are barely any decent structures. There is very little vegetation to hold the dirt back from landslides. And when catastrophe hits, there is very little infrastructure to help the thousands upon thousands in need.
Fortunately, I know one man who has a heart as big as Haiti and he already has a strong ground game going on the island nation. Frank McKinney has built dozens of villages and provided homes for many many families through his Caring House Project. If you would like to make a tangible difference for Haiti following this massive storm, give generously to Caring House. Frank will do whatever it takes to help and save as many people as he can. He’s the kind of guy that after the last big earthquake in Haiti, he loaded up a cargo plane and he and his team dug people out from the rubble!
Please consider giving to Caring House and make a difference in the lives of our Haitian neighbors. When a catastrophe like Hurricane Matthew happens it may seem we are helpless in the wake of such need, but I know Frank personally, and helpless is NOT the way I would describe him or his team when it comes to giving help to Haiti. I know whatever funds you give will be used wisely to save as many lives and improve as many others as possible.