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East Texans prepare for trip, bringing aid to Haiti

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Less than a week after a massive earthquake destroyed a nation, East Texans are on the way to help. Youth with a Mission in Tyler is sending its first wave of volunteer doctors and emergency personnel to assist Haitians, now turned refugees.

There is no time to waste.

"Initially, yea, we're flying into the Dominican Republic and being bussed over," said Debbie Lascelles. "We hope that the airport in Port-au-Prince and that whole situation changes and we can fly into there real soon. But, right now, it's gonna be a rough trip."

They are preparing for a rough trip to a country that was hurting before the massive 7.0 quake struck.

"Behind the numbers...there are real people," said Glenn Price, with Mercy Works, a ministry of Youth with a Mission. "You know? Real fathers, real mothers, real children."

They are all in need of help and YWAM volunteers are ready to give.

"Personally, [I am just] just very, very sad," said Price. "Bordering on numbness."

Price is one of the dozens or so volunteers heading to Haiti next week. He has 30 years of experience working in countries living below the poverty line, and coping with disaster.

"The banks, the schools, the hospitals [and] even prisons, you know? Hundreds of prisoners have just been released from the earthquake to walk out of prison and join the streets," said Price.

The scene on the ground is grave.

"You have looting, and you've got security problems, and communication problems, transportation problems [and] bodies on the ground," said Price.

His team of doctors and volunteers will meet up with the Snows, the East Texas family living in Saint Marc, just outside of Port-au-Prince.

"We'll be sending grief councilors as well, people who are trained, and being an encouragement...to those who pretty much lost everything," said Price.

Youth with a Mission in East Texas and Haiti could use your help. If you'd like to donate your time or money, we've set up a link on our website with all of the information you need. Click here to check it out!

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