Charleston church raises thousands of dollars for Haiti relief

By Matt Horton bio | email

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - St. Philips of Charleston sent more than $2,500 to Haiti for post-earthquake relief Sunday morning.

"Every time [tragedy] happens, we grow stronger, we grow closer together," said church member Suzanne McCord.

McCord, who has been a member for 23 years, says St. Philips has been a sister church to the Episcopal church system in Haiti since the early 1990's.  In that time, says McCord, congregation members have built medical, nutrition, and education centers for Haitians in need.

According to McCord, a majority of such structures were damaged in last weeks seven magnitude earthquake. "You take one step forward and three steps back sometimes," said McCord.

Within hours of the devastating earthquake, McCord says St. Philips members were working together to figure out who in Haiti needed what and how they could get it.  Within four days of the earthquake, a Haiti relief fund was established.  The first wave of funds was sent to Haiti Sunday morning.

"My heart goes out to them, I know it's going to be difficult," said McCord.  "Hopefully this [relief effort] will get word out that [St. Philips] is here, and what kind of work we do."

McCord says fundraising is set to continue so long as donations keep coming in.  McCord also says member-led trips to Haiti are also in the works for the near future.

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