Hundreds of LDS volunteers were mobilized in Atlanta GA earlier this month to prepare kits of tools and repair materials for shipment to earthquake-stricken Haiti.
The tools and materials were furnished by Home Depot in response to a plea from Habitat for Humanity’
A Home Depot donation of $2 million in tools and accessories and the volunteer efforts of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Georgia will help some Haitians rebuild after last month’s devastating earthquake.
Habitat for Humanity, working through Hands On Atlanta, sent out an urgent call for volunteers to assemble 8,000 basic tool kits for the people of Haiti. The kits are designed to help Haitian families make immediate repairs and construct emergency shelters before the rainy season hits. Kit materials include a bucket, a tarpaulin, wire, rope, a pry bar, mason’s chisel and trowel, gloves, nails, hammer and a saw. The kits will be distributed by Habitat employees and partners.
In addition to the many Latter-day Saint volunteers, students from nearby Emory University and employees of Delta Airlines, Wachovia Bank and Shane’s Rib Shack also participated. Volunteers worked two shifts per day for five days to ready the materials for shipment.
Facilities for the project were provided by the Whirlpool Corporation at their warehouse in McDonough, Georgia.