Instruments of giving for Haitians |

Instruments of giving for Haitians

Packed full of musical instruments, clothing, medical supplies, and 200 pairs of jelly shoes, the four-wheel-drive Mitsubishi truck left Grass Valley at 10 a.m. Thursday morning. It embarked on a journey that will take it by freeway across the country, by barge over the Gulf of Mexico, and by winding country roads on the island of Hispaniola.

Reg King, who founded Haiti Mission Outreach in 1993, is at the helm, and he is accompanied by Jim Henderson, a member of the project’s board of directors.

The journey could take months, said Lynda Gordan, who coordinates the organizaation’s donations. The truck can only travel 55 mph and could be stalled in customs for several weeks, she said.

But the final destination is what matters. The trip is the latest development in the program that has already created three schools and a clinic in the country – all of them operated by local Haitians. The items in the vehicle, and the truck itself, were all donated, and will be given to the schools and the clinic to continue their operations.

All items have a use, including the jelly shoes that were donated by a local couple from Cedar Ridge. Gordan said this was the “perfect” shoe for the country since it is “something easy to wash.”

The hope is to create a music program for the students at the school with the donated keyboard, trumpet, clarinets, and flutes. Led by a local music teacher, the band will be able to play during recitals and annual festivities for the community.

The next step is to try and set up a trade school in Haiti, Gordan explained.

A school like this “would make a world of difference down there. We are going to be gathering auto mechanic, welding and solar stuff,” Gordan said. All donations made now will be stored in a facility and shipped down at a later date.

How to help:

For more information or to make a donation to Haiti Mission Outreach, call Lynda Gordan at 272-8328 or e-mail

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