Community helps send medical care and food to Haiti
A group from Byrdstown and Knoxville has returned from Haiti, where they provided humanitarian relief to those affected by the recent earthquake.
The members of the team from Byrdstown were Sean Smith, Bro. Rick Cross and Dr. James Tompkins.
The team flew from Crossville, TN to Barahona, Dominican Republic then traveled across the border to Haiti. Once in Haiti, they were met by Dr. Fancisco Noel, of One Vision International. One Vision is an organization based in Knoxville that provides support to an orphanage located north of Port-au-Prince.
While in Haiti, they saw over 400 patients, and were able to feed over 500 families with the donations given by the people of Byrdstown and surrounding communities.
They also completed construction of four chicken coops at the orphanage. The coops will contain the chickens and help feed the children on a long term basis.
Due to the generosity of Grindstaff Aviation of Crossville who donated the use of a private plane for the mission, the team was able to bring more supplies than use money for travel. The plane was piloted by Sean Smith.
The other members of the team included Eric Ramsey from Crossville, Chuck Atkins and Matt Cox both of Knoxville.
More pictures from mission trip on page six.