Located just one hour by air from Port au Prince, Haiti in Boynton Beach, Fla., Moody Radio South Florida has been working around the clock since the devastating January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti to gather supplies and raise funds to aid survivors. The catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake has left an estimated 200,000 people dead and many more homeless in what is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
“The magnitude of destruction in Port au Prince demands a non-stop effort and will take years to heal,” said Jennifer Epperson, Station Manager of Moody Radio South Florida. “We continue to trust in God and are encouraged by all of the donations from our community. Our community has been hit hard by this event and many people are filled with anxiety and fear. It has been our privilege to connect with these people, serve them and give them hope.”
Given that South Florida has the second largest population of Haitians in the world, Moody Radio South Florida immediately provided listeners with up-to-date news on the earthquake, stories of how the Christian community was responding, and opportunities for them to contribute to relief efforts. Currently, the station is serving as a drop-off location for supplies to be sent through Missionary Flights International (MFI) for victims affected by the earthquake. The Moody Radio staff is also serving as volunteer coordinators for MFI, assisting with supply pick-up and donation organization.
Already the South Florida community—Christians and non-Christians alike—has responded generously, and the Moody Radio South Florida main room has been filled and emptied with donations five times. Additionally, monetary donations have exceeded $10,000 and continue to climb. Donations are expected to rise now that the Palm Beach County School District, one of the largest school districts in the United States, has listed Moody Radio South Florida as an official drop-off center.
“These people are hurting and in need of us—we are the Body of Christ,” said a 19 year old Moody Radio listener who brought food donations to the station. “It doesn’t matter how old you are, and even if you can only donate one box of food, just do whatever you can. Everything counts for these people. They are in need of us and they are our brothers and sisters.”
For more information on how you can continue to support Haiti please visit http://www.moodyradio.org/haiti/. If you live in South Florida and would like to make a donation, please visit Moody Radio South Florida’s Web site for more information. Monetary donations are also being accepted at www.missionaryflights.org.