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Grace Children's Hospital Earthquake Damage
Grace Children’s Hospital – still standing empty, 7 years after the earthquake.

On June 7, 2017, I sat in an audience of over 2,000 people at the West Ohio Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church as I heard Jennifer Cramer share the work of Grace Children’s Hospital and the great need in Haiti.

Seven years after Haiti’s earthquake, Grace Children’s Hospital still works in temporary quarters . . . unable to rebuild their damaged facility . . . still never turning a child away. Staff sometimes go unpaid and yet return to work because of the great need. Children are abandoned by desperate parents and the hospital, already stretched so thin, still takes them in. Jennifer Cramer asked that we pray for 50 organizations to donate $50,000 to ensure 50 more years of healthcare for Haiti’s children.

Everyone else in the room disappeared and my heart broke. Something had to be done. I wanted to jump up, make a motion, ask for collection plates to be passed. But I was only a guest. What could I do?

I admit I didn’t give the rest of the service my complete attention. My mind was fixed on how I could be a part of the 50 for 50 drive, ensuring 50 more years of children’s healthcare in Haiti.

I can walk. I can talk. I am good at design and social media. I have two very cute Yorkies that catch people’s attention. Can God use these things so I could be one of the 50 to raise $50,000?

We shall see.

Tinker, Bitsy, and I plan to take a “virtual” Walk to Haiti to raise funds and awareness for Grace Children’s Hospital. Our goal will be to work up to 50 weekly miles, meanwhile documenting the journey on this blog, on social media, and presenting our Walk wherever we’re allowed to speak. Each post, each speaking engagement will be an opportunity for people to give and for people to join the team.

Grace Children’s Hospital is celebrating 50 years of providing healthcare to children and families in Haiti. After decades of extreme disasters, the hospital and its supporting board, International Child Care, is in critical need of financial help to survive.

I want to make sure that Grace Children’s Hospital never has to close its doors or turn a child away.

Please help me, Bitsy, and Tinker to help GCH by giving whatever you can using the ‘Donate’ button below. PLEASE share this page with your friends and family. If you wish to have me speak at your function, click on the menu option below.

If after reading my story and learning about the great need of Grace Children’s Hospital, you would like to do your own style of 50 for 50, please click the “join my team” button on my donate page. I’d love to support you and we can reach our goals together.

Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!

Follow along with other stories like mine by following International Child Care on social media:
Instagram: @icc_usa

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