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NEW INFO: West Virginia National Guard Sends Supplies to Haiti

By: Brooks Jarosz; Anna Baxter Email
By: Brooks Jarosz; Anna Baxter Email

UPDATE from 6pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- People are putting their money where there mouth is and giving anything they can to help the people of Haiti.

Relief is on the way and efforts are full force ahead. Two planes with the 130th Airlift Wing in Charleston took off to North Carolina to load up supplies and then it's off to Haiti.

"That's our mission to help with humanitarian relief so we can get the much needed cargo and supplies into where the disaster area is," Lt. Col. David Rabell said.

Two seven-member crews will get food and water to those so desperately in need.

"We are happy we have the capability right now to hopefully do something good for the folks in Haiti," Col. Tim Fry said.

Rabell said, "When there's someone that's going to get called, our name's at the top of the list to call and that's one of the reasons we enjoy our job. It's a great humanitarian effort we have with the 130th Airlift Wing."

That effort isn't the only one making an impact. The West Virginia American Red Cross has been urging people to donate using their cell phone.

"I think it's a really great thing because texting is such a big part of society now and that's what people do they pick up the phone and text," Tara Hines with the Charleston Red Cross said. "So I think to use this new vehicle is a great way for people to make a charitable contribution ... I think that's a really great advance in technology."

One American Red Cross worker did just that and donated $10, which added to the national donation piggy bank of $20 million.

"It's a no-brainer," Cheryl Brannon said. "It's quick, it's simple, and it's the quickest way to get the resources to the people that need it."

For those people that are more traditional, the Catholic Diocese has been taking up special collections, too.

"Any effort that we can make to alleviate that poverty and to develop the country in the future will help prevent catastrophes of this magnitude in the future," Deacon Todd Garland, director of the Catholic Diocese Disaster Relief, said.

If you are interested in giving to the American Red Cross, text the word "Haiti" to 90999. You're able to give up to three times at $10 per text message and get a confirmation text making sure you want to give.



ORIGINAL STORY
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- As the relief effort continues in Haiti, members of the West Virginia National Guard are stepping up to help those in need.

The 130th Airlift Wing is taking supplies from our region to some of the hardest hit areas.

"When there's someone that's going to get called, our name's at the top of the list to call and that's one of the reasons we enjoy our job," Lt. Col. David Rabel said. "It's a great humanitarian effort we have with the 130th Airlift Wing."

Two C-130s left from Charleston on Monday.

The first plane will land at Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina to get supplies and then fly to Haiti.

The second aircraft might do air drops.


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