World Harvest Missions seeks donations for Haiti as Hurricane Matthew approaches

Posted at 5:00 AM, Oct 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-03 05:26:29-04

A local outreach center is mobilizing to send resources to people in Haiti that will likely be impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

Miriam Frederick is in Lake Worth, but her mind is on Haiti.

"They're our kids and they've got our hearts every single one of them."

She established the New Life For Children's home in Port Au Prince, Haiti more than 30 years ago to help with the growing poverty problem.

Now, with Hurricane Matthew on their doorstep, the people she's grown to love are in danger.

Frederick says thousands of people living in the mountains in small hut could be devastated by major flooding. That could cause disease such as cholera and malaria.

"Coming from the South, this will be the worst devastation that we have ever seen in years," says Frederick.

Gene Parkins is at the orphanage now and says he spent all day preparing.

"Praying it won't happen, but we're preparing as if it would happen," says Parkins.

Frederick hopes South Florida residents will step in to help with donations.

"Food, medical, and water. That's the greatest need right now," said Frederick.