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Mission Haiti Still Grounded But Hopeful

January 23, 2010, 10:17 PM by Nick Carbone

Mission Haiti Still Grounded But Hopeful
The Sioux Falls mission group Mission Haiti was scheduled to leave for Haiti today, but they're still on a waiting list for a flight.

Pam Plasier's bags are packed with nowhere to go. She's on a waiting list for a flight to Haiti.

"We're ready to go. if we got the call now, we'd walk out the door," Plasier said. 

Months went into her planned trips with her group Mission Haiti, but the earthquake tore down those plans in moments.

"We were scheduled to go out the 14th of January, just two days after [the quake hit]," she said.

And instead of flying to Haiti today for a second trip, Plaiser's grounded in the U.S. But she's making the most of her time.

"The days are just full of gathering supplies, answering e-mails," she said. 

Mission Haiti has seen an outpouring of donations from KELOLAND residents since the quake. Toys, food, and medical supplies have flooded in - so many items that they can't carry them all in their suitcases.

"The supplies we're gathering now will go out on a container [ship]," Plasier said.

Those supplies will go to an orphanage 100 miles from Port-au-Prince. But after a flight gets group members to Haiti, they face more travel problems.

"We need a call from our right-hand man in Port-au-Prince saying he's found gas, then he can pick us up," Plasier said. 

Then Mission Haiti members will help where they can. Plasier says the devastation caused by this earthquake will take many trips to fix.

"We'll be taking teams probably for the next two years still just trying to get Haiti back on its feet," she said. 

And as soon as a flight's available, Mission Haiti can offer relief.

Plasier is posting updates on their trip on her blog. You can track her progress on the Mission Haiti Web site.

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