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North AL church group helps Haiti after storm

A church group out of Decatur returning from Haiti. (Source: Katie Griffin) A church group out of Decatur returning from Haiti. (Source: Katie Griffin)
NORTH ALABAMA (WAFF) -

Haiti is still reeling from the devastation left behind by Hurricane Matthew and help is pouring in from around the world -- including right here in North Alabama.
A church group out of Decatur returned from Haiti Saturday evening. One of the missionary leaders, Harry Hames, said the first things they have to think about when helping with a disaster is how to get people food, water and shelter.

Hames goes to Haiti monthly to help children, but this time, he went down to figure out how many homes people need to rebuild from Hurricane Matthew. He also came up with a distribution plan for getting basic necessities such as food and water to locals.  

"It was so hard to know I was coming home today, back to luxury," Hames said. "I'm an average person here, but in Haiti, we're rich people. To see people on Thursday, we were the only four white people in 30 some odd thousand people," Hames continued. "We'd go onto the streets to assess damage, and people run to you to get food and water. People say, 'me hungry, me hungry' and rub their stomach. It's very hard to leave that." 

Hames said the church's next goal is to raise $25,000 to ship three massive containers of rice, beans, and materials to rebuild homes. He said many people don't realize how expensive shipping itself can be.

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