GRAND RAPIDS—Since he was 15 years old, Telsaint Morisset has lived in Grand Rapids. He calls it home now, but he can't forget about most of his family, which lives in Haiti. After January's devastating earthquake, he made a trip to see aftermath. But after Telsaint's most recent trip, he's asking West Michigan to step up and help out.
Along with his wife and a family friend, Morisset split his two week trip between Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haitien, which is where he grew up. In Cap-Haitien the group visited a hospital that served earthquake victims. But the tour was heartbreaking as they saw people getting surgery without painkillers and in tent cities.
After picking up supplies in Port-de-Paix, the trio made it to Port-au-Prince and spent five days handing out necessities to earthquake surivivors. But Morisset says there is still much work to do. "When I pulled up to Port-au-Prince the second time and I see for all that money [is] going to Haiti and none of those buildings were getting touched." He describes the pain of waking up to the smell of dead bodies.
Now, Morisset is asking West Michigan to help out. Here are a few things he's asking people to donate: tooth brushes, tooth paste, deodorant, wash clothes, bars of soap, rice and beans.
Morisset has partnered up with Rays of Hope for Haiti. For more information go to their website at http://www.raysofhopeforhaiti.com/