TONAWANDA, NY - Some local groups are watching what's happening in parts of the Caribbean and are wondering what they can do to help. Church leaders at one local parish say this weekend they'll have a special offering during service for victims of the hurricane in Haiti.
The pastor at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Tonawanda, Reverend Charles Whited has been on annual mission trips the last 13 years to Haiti. He's also adopted two children from the country.
Reverend Whited says his team has provided medical services and food, as well as contributed to help build a church in a city in the southern portion of Haiti. That church, according to Whited, had its roof blown off as a result of the hurricane winds.
"There's just serious damage, again, the main church in Les Cayes I understand there were 2,000 people seeking refuge in there when the hurricane hit and just blew the roof off that place so I haven't heard how people have come out of that yet," he said.
First Trinity has another mission trip planned for January. Leaders at First Trinity say over the next few months they'll be collecting goods and money that will be sent to help people in Haiti.
As for how you can help, Reverend Whited says they are always looking for volunteers to go to Haiti with them. And, monetary donations and non-perishable items for the Haitian people are always accepted. More details on the mission trip and other efforts by the church can be found, by clicking HERE.
Meantime, the Hispanic Heritage Council in Buffalo says its called the Red Cross to see what resources it can provide.
Casimiro Rodriguez, the organization's president says he has not received any direction from the Red Cross on what it should do. However, Rodriguez says the council has a board meeting Wednesday night and ideas on how to help will be discussed.
Rodriguez says it's possible money and non-perishable items could be collected to help out those who need the assistance.
"We're going to solicit the ideas of the rest of the board members to see what we can do within the realm of cooperation with the local Red Cross and see if we can rally the community at large and our own community for relief efforts," Rodriguez said.
The Hispanic Heritage Council says it hasn't heard from anyone locally who has had loved ones impacted in the Dominican and Cuba.