Haitian Americans in the Bronx work together to collect donations in wake of earthquake

For several days, Yves Filius has been collecting nonperishables and donations at every elected official's office in the borough to help relief efforts in Haiti.

News 12 Staff

Aug 24, 2021, 9:45 PM

Updated 967 days ago

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Legislators and Bronx residents joined forces to help people in Haiti devastated by a powerful earthquake.
For several days, Yves Filius has been collecting nonperishables and donations at every elected official's office in the borough to help relief efforts in Haiti.
"Thankfully with the Bronx Democratic Party's help, all of the electives were on the same page," he said.
Of Haitian decent, he remembers the catastrophic earthquake of 2010 that killed about 300,000 people in his native homeland.
Filius is still trying to get in touch with relatives he has yet to hear from, including his uncle, who lives in Port au Prince.
"It's sad to experience this. This is the first in my lifetime to have a natural disaster affect my family so close to home, but with tragic comes life. We are resilient," he said.
Living Faith Tabernacle, a Haitian American church, is also collecting donations to help in Haiti's recovery efforts.
"We have been encouraging our congregants to gather what they can because we know they are in need," said Pastor Ruben Beaubrun.
Organizers plan to collect all the donations and plan to ship it to Haiti at the end of next week.


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