HEAT ALERT

Heat advisory issued for part of the Hudson Valley through 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Haitian and Hasidic neighbors in Rockland County team up to help earthquake victims

Haitian and Hasidic neighbors in Rockland County are helping victims of the deadly Haiti earthquake that happened on Aug. 18.

News 12 Staff

Aug 24, 2021, 9:21 PM

Updated 1,056 days ago

Share:

Haitian and Hasidic neighbors in Rockland County are helping victims of the deadly Haiti earthquake that happened on Aug. 18.
Members of the Hasidic community in the county and beyond are shipping boxes filled with food and supplies to Haiti following the 7.2-magnitude earthquake. The natural disaster killed over 2,000 people.
“Let’s share what we got here and share it with our brothers and sisters in Haiti who are suffering from this earthquake,” says one supporter.
The Hasidic and Haitian communities agree that world tragedies happen all the time, but it’s how people react that make a difference – and that’s why they’re pledging to lend a hand.
“We live in the village of Spring Valley. We lift together, we pray together, we mourn together, and we rejoice together. We are one…we are all Haiti today,” says legislator Aron B. Wieder.
Haitian American Nurses Association of Hudson Valley representative Christel-Ann Augustin says coming together for a common goal is necessary.
“Seeing everyone come together lights up my heart. Everything takes collaboration, it takes community effort seeing people from different organizations, different ethnic groups coming together helping those for a common goal,” says Augustin. “That's the most important thing to me.”
The Hasidic community is asking people to donate essential items and non-perishable food. They plan to fill two shipping containers that will be sent to Haiti on Aug. 26.
“No matter your background race or religion…to step up, contribute and join this effort we are at our best when we are united,” says Assemblymember Simcha Eichenstein.


More from News 12
2:03
HEAT ALERT: Feels like temps could reach 104 degrees today, strong thunderstorms after 6 p.m.

HEAT ALERT: Feels like temps could reach 104 degrees today, strong thunderstorms after 6 p.m.

2:11
Heath Alert: Communities offer relief from scorching heat

Heath Alert: Communities offer relief from scorching heat

0:28
Armed robbers steal BMW M3 in daylight carjacking

Armed robbers steal BMW M3 in daylight carjacking

0:22
Traffic Alert: Tarrytown bridge reopens following closure due to failed inspection

Traffic Alert: Tarrytown bridge reopens following closure due to failed inspection

1:07
Headlines: Deadly New Rochelle crash update, mail theft arrest, car break-in suspect sought

Headlines: Deadly New Rochelle crash update, mail theft arrest, car break-in suspect sought

0:28
Westchester lab mix earns national certification as first responder therapy dog

Westchester lab mix earns national certification as first responder therapy dog

2:37
The Hudson Oven brings Westchester communities together through breadmaking and sourdough scavenger hunt

The Hudson Oven brings Westchester communities together through breadmaking and sourdough scavenger hunt

0:39
Lightning strikes tree in Yorktown Heights, causes house fire

Lightning strikes tree in Yorktown Heights, causes house fire

7:10
Trump picks Sen. JD Vance of Ohio, a once-fierce critic turned loyal ally, as his GOP running mate

Trump picks Sen. JD Vance of Ohio, a once-fierce critic turned loyal ally, as his GOP running mate

1:36
43 sick cats rescued from scorching hot van in Newburgh

43 sick cats rescued from scorching hot van in Newburgh

1:54
Medical professionals in the Hudson Valley discuss how to stay safe in the heat

Medical professionals in the Hudson Valley discuss how to stay safe in the heat

1:35
Port Jervis summer camp program on pause due to extreme heat

Port Jervis summer camp program on pause due to extreme heat

1:42
Firefighters battle blaze in extreme heat in Verplanck

Firefighters battle blaze in extreme heat in Verplanck

1:48
Meals on Wheels of Rockland keeps seniors fed and cool during hot summer

Meals on Wheels of Rockland keeps seniors fed and cool during hot summer

1:52
Popular high-powered rifle used in Trump rally shooting

Popular high-powered rifle used in Trump rally shooting

1:35
Families flock to Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers to stay cool

Families flock to Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers to stay cool

Heat Alert: Energy companies urge conservation as temperatures soar

Heat Alert: Energy companies urge conservation as temperatures soar

0:43
MTA outlines plan to keep riders cool during intense heat and humidity

MTA outlines plan to keep riders cool during intense heat and humidity

2:58
INTERVIEWS: Local Hudson Valley leaders discuss assassination attempt of former President Trump

INTERVIEWS: Local Hudson Valley leaders discuss assassination attempt of former President Trump

2:14
Don't be caught in the dark: Are you ready to power through hurricane season?

Don't be caught in the dark: Are you ready to power through hurricane season?