GRAND RAPIDS—A West Michigan church with an outreach program in Haiti is sending several doctors and specialists to the disaster area. They'll leave for Haiti Thursday.
For more than 10 years Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Grand Rapids has been sending doctors, nurses and other volunteers to Seguin, a small mountain community in Haiti. That's about 30 miles south of Port-Au-Prince.
They've been busy making preparations and collecting donations. They've seen plenty of reports about the damage in the capital.
"All the images of Port-Au-Prince are very familiar except that the structures are down, the buildings are collapsed and the streets are lined with bodies and with injured people," said Haiti Outreach Volunteer Julie Christopher.
But, since the earthquake hit Tuesday, they've not been able to reach anyone in Seguin. They say its hard to be in Grand Rapids seeing the devastation in Haiti.
"You just had that sinking feeling in your heart that something when it happened you just knew it was going to effect you personally," said Tim Ryan, Haiti trip coordinator.
They are still taking donations of over the counter medical supplies. Those can be dropped off at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. There will also be a public prayer service on Dunday starting at 2 p.m., at the church.
To learn more about the supplies the group needs go to haitineedsyou