Many Rockland residents have been moved by the plight of Haitians trying to survive in the aftermath of the Jan. 12 earthquake that essentially leveled the capital city of Port-Au-prince, as well as many villages.
The county has responded in many ways, including sending aid and money to those in need.
Some residents have also gone to Haiti to assist directly in relief efforts.
The Rockland County Legislature has honored local residents and organizations who joined in a 10-day relief mission that was organized by the Ramapo Haitian Task Force and included several nurses, emergency services personnel and Spring Valley village Deputy Mayor Joseph Desmaret. The group delivered medical aid and supplies to Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas.
During a special presentation in the Legislature’s chambers in New City last week, County Legislator William Darden, D-Hillcrest, acknowledged the volunteers and on behalf of the task force, asked for donations of tents and tarps which will provide needed shelter for earthquake victims. Call Darden at 845-638-5708 for information about making a donation.
According to information provided by the County Legislature, those honored included: Jennifer Christophe, Marie Flore Pierre-Louis, Reginald Mede, EsaieSainclair, Shirley Christophe, Marlene Jean-Louis, Jasmine Augustin, Awino Jennifer Salvani, Juliette Bosquet, Barbara Karla Augustin, Silvie Desire Pierre, Lilianne Thomas, Wendy Saint Felix, Arnel Junior Bernier, Reginald Mede, Nathalia Andrea Bosquet, Lady “M,” Aromark Shipping, Medex Supply, Benjamin Gilman Medical Center, Wendy Saint Felix, Jean Elie Porchette, Dr. Childebert St. Louis, Dr. Delatre Lolo, Reverend David C. Bowlby, and Joseph Desmaret. Also seen above are county legislators Alden Wolfe, D-Suffern; William Darden; and Jacques Michel, D-Spring Valley.
Photo provided by Rockland County Legislature.