One year anniversary of Haitian refugees landing in Charleston

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - About one year ago, hundreds of Haitians, Haitian-Americans and Americans started arriving in Charleston for safe haven from earthquake stricken Haiti.

The Lowcountry Red Cross stepped up with a repatriation effort to provide the passengers with snacks, comfort kits, emergency supplies, blankets and more. More than 100 volunteers came out to help and also provided counseling and prayer. Volunteers say it was life changing to help those affected by the disaster.

"You could see the distressed look on their face. It's obvious they had been through something horrific. We gave them a moment to be warm and welcome," Joyce Gambrell said.

Charleston was one of three entry main entry points welcoming Haitian-Americans and Americans home because of the Air Force base.

Almost a thousand people returned through Charleston International Airport.

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