It has almost been two weeks since the devastating earthquake in Haiti shattered the lives of all the Haitians, as well as the volunteers and aid workers from the United States and abroad who were already living and working in Haiti. One of these people is a friend and former classmate of mine at the University of Portland, Molly Hightower.
Molly was working in an orphanage at the Father Wasson Center in Petion-Ville, Haiti when the earthquake hit. The building she was in completely collapsed. A Search and Rescue team was sent to where the remains of the building lay in a crumpled mess. Unfortunately, Molly's body was found in the rubble.
Molly worked with the special needs children at the orphanage, playing and doing physical therapy with the kids, even helping some to walk! Molly wrote about her life in Haiti in a blog she started when she first arrived last June. She lived her life so that each and everyone of the moments she experienced were treasured and worth something. http://mollyinhaiti.blogspot.com/
Her story and legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew Molly or heard about her life and work. She is a true inspiration and her passion for volunteering and helping people who need it the most is something we should all strive to obtain.
So what will you do to help those in Haiti, and those locally who are effected my disaster?
To donate to the Red Cross relief effort in Haiti or to the local disaster fund, visit http://www.utahredcross.org/.