Family of Haiti earthquake victims help provide relief

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Earthquake aid continues to arrive in Haiti and Action News 5, the American Red Cross, and Citadel Radio teamed up Friday to help provide relief to those dealing with the destruction and turmoil.

"It's worse than what you see on television.  It's very dire.  People are basically looking for water, food, everyone's outside on the streets" said Dr. Jacques Samson.

Samson, a University of Tennessee doctor who is originally from Haiti, stopped by to make a donation.  He said he has had a hard time reaching his family.

"I've not talked to any of them. We've just been able to communicate via email" said Samson.

Lenore Vollmar's relatives also live in Haiti.

There was massive damage done to their homes.

"My grandmother, as we know, is OK and she's not injured.  She is in her 70's and a little older, so we're not out of the woods yet" said Vollmar.

But Vollmar said she is worried because she has not heard from some of her cousins.

"Everybody lives in the general area and they know they're looking for each other right now" said Vollmar.

Meanwhile, Samson said the need for aid is so great in Haiti he wants to travel there soon to assess the damage and help those in need.  He said he hoped to find other local doctors who may be interested in traveling with him.

"It's just a strong desire to go there and just physically help as best we can, so that's what I'm going through.  I'm just trying to stay positive.  I'm a physician by nature, so I want to do something" said Samson.

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