Written by Joe Rizza Friday, 19 February 2010 00:00
Haitian community leader David Duchatelier said that, from the reports he has been getting of the people in Haiti, it is a difficult situation as people are still not sure if some of the buildings are safe and have taken to living on the street and in parks. Back here, in Elmont, efforts are still ongoing to help the people of Haiti.
Duchatelier is no stranger to providing help for the people of Haiti. He has been collecting supplies to send over to the country for the past two years. But after the devastating earthquake that affected the lives of so many of the citizens of Haiti and residents here in Elmont, Duchatelier’s efforts have been that much more important.
Last month, community members held at rally of support for the people of Haiti on the front law of Duchatelier’s home on Renfrew Avenue with the help and organization of Assemblyman Tom Alfano and his chief of staff Scott Cushing.
Community members got to work on donating supplies for the people of Haiti. Duchatelier said 79 barrels of supplies including food and clothes were collected. However, the problem encountered is the cost of shipping the supplies over to Haiti. It is estimated to cost about $100 a barrel. Duchatelier said Elmont Memorial High School has raised about $1,600 to help with the shipping.
The supplies, which will be shipped by the same private company Duchatelier has used to ship items to Haiti in the past, should arrive in Haiti in about six to eight weeks, according to the Haitian community leader.
Those wishing to make a monetary donation or a donation of supplies and food can contact Duchatelier at 917-561-1687. Nassau County has also set up a telephone number for information at 1-888-684-4278.