Despite recession, locals reach out to Haiti

February 1, 2010 11:46:55 PM PST
People all over the Bay Area are doing what they can to help the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Despite the recession, donations are still pouring in from adults and young people as well.

The Wheelchair Foundation of Danville went beyond its original mission to provide 2,000 wheelchairs for the victims of the Haiti earthquake. It flew in eight tons of medical supplies along with 50 doctors and nurses who gave badly needed surgery to people dying from blood infections caused by blunt trauma.

"We had a couple stay. They didn't want to come back. You just get so wrapped up and so involved in helping these people and you get so much out of it, you kind of forget about time," said Jeff Behring with The Wheelchair Foundation.

The foundation is gearing up to deliver another round of supplies and medical aid. The images that Behring witnessed are compelling other groups to go beyond their own means to help.

In Richmond, a city that often finds itself in need, people are coming out to give what they can.

Students involved with Richmond's Police Athletic Club are holding a charity basketball tournament featuring semi-pro teams like the San Francisco Rumble and the Compton Cobras.

"A lot of the kids out here are going through some hard times," said student organizer Gina Saechao.

Saechao says their own pain is helping fuel the effort to put on this six-day tournament and raise $50,000 for the Red Cross.

"Just because we're disadvantaged it doesn't mean that we don't care," she said.

"There is yet hope. It's never too small to dream big," said basketball charity supporter Richard Foster.


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