State Representative Gilliard, community leaders seek to raise funds for Haiti

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – State Representative Wendell Gilliard and other religious leaders seek to motivate people at the local, state and national levels to help resolve some of the suffering Haiti faces following natural disasters and unrest in the country.

Gilliard said it all started about three months ago, when he started researching ongoing humanitarian and social issues in Haiti.

He said he knew he couldn’t do it alone, so he reached out to faith-based community organizations and civic leaders in the area. Now, months later, the president of the Haitian Red Cross, Dr Guiteau Jean-Pier, has come to Charleston to receive the first benefits of the “Committee of Friends of South Carolina of Haiti” created in the Charleston area.

“We can do it because I believe in this country. I believe in the people who make this country great. We have done it for other foreign countries, we can do it for Haiti, ”said Gilliard.

Pierre said the two ten thousand dollar checks from the Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church and the Royal Baptist Church, along with any future funds, will be used to help Haitians need health care, water and sanitation, and to rebuild hospitals and schools. He said he believed that with the help of people like Gilliard, they could help alleviate some of the pain and suffering of people in his country.

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