Michelle Cadeau, a West Orange mom, was on vacation with her family when the earthquake struck Haiti. Having ties with the country, her husband is Haitian, Michelle immediately wanted to do something to help. She called her friends in West Orange and asked if they wanted to help. When she arrived back home, she held a meeting in her dining room and Heart Haiti was formed. They collected $4,000 in their first 4 days. “With children of our own we knew we had to help the children especially. So the donations we got together went to UNICEF’s relief fund.”, Michelle said.
Heart Haiti will hold a benefit tomorrow to raise money for their adopted village, Morency. The focus will be on clean water and education. They have partnered with LiquidWater, will be collecting clothing and shoes, and making care packages.
In addition to those efforts, Heart Haiti was contacted by Dr. Mark Reiger from the Orthopedic Center in Cedar Knolls, who asked for help finding host families. Morristown Memorial will bring children that were injured in the earthquake to the U.S. for medical care and surgery. The children need to be hosted before and after the surgery. So they need families willing to take in children in their home. If you are interested in being a host family, you need to meet the following requirements:
- Willing to make a 2-3 month commitment and host 2-3 different children (not at a time though).
- The family has to have one person home at all times.
- Have an understanding of or speak Creole or French.
To attend the benefit and/or host a family, keep reading…
Heart Haiti Benefit
Who: All ages.
What: A benefit event to show support and help Haiti.
Where: Liberty Middle School, 1 Kelly Lane, West Orange, NJ.
When: Saturday, January 30 from 2 pm – 5 pm.
To get more information about being a host family, email here or call 973.325.2157.