Jasper aid group to fly help to Haiti

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A humanitarian aid organization in Jasper is the latest local group to reach out to people in Haiti after the recent earthquake.

Staff members at Missions Unlimited are organizing donations that will leave on a plane from the Walker County Airport to Haiti Sunday.

After only one day of collecting donations, Missions Unlimited has already gathered clothes, shoes, several sleeping bags, and crisis kits filled with items like toothpaste and hand sanitizer.

President Ken Key said it is the least they can do for people who are suffering.

"Realize, they have nothing," said Key, "Right now all these people are sleeping out in the elements."

Key said their organization has been helping people in need across the globe for more than 30 years.  They have made several previous trips to Haiti, and said this cause was important to them.

"I haven't been able to sleep at night because when I see this, I put myself in their place," said Key, "I'm a Christian, and I want to pay back, and give people a chance to payback."

Key is asking the community to help by donating non-perishable food, personal items like soap and toothpaste, and money.  He said they will continue to ship supplies to Haiti as long as it is needed.

Missions Unlimited has asked people to deliver goods to the places below.

YMCA - Bessemer
Long Lewis Sterling Trucks - Bessemer
Briarwood Presbyterian Church - Birmingham
Wesley Goodson Dodge Chrysler - Jasper
First Church of Nazarene - Jasper
Missions Unlimited - Jasper
Studios of 101.5 & 88.5 FM - Jasper