Birmingham churches help victims of Haiti

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Dozens of Birmingham churches are stepping up their efforts to help the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

Now, even some sunday school students are pitching in.

The images of devastation in Haiti are hard even for adults to understand, but for 1st graders they can be overwhelming.

"I think it's very sad that their country is very torn up and stuff and their house is," said Frances Lyon, a 1st grade Sunday School student at Brookwood Baptist Church.

The 1st graders at Brookwood Baptist are determined to do something to help.

"We're just giving them some toothpaste and stuff like that," Lyon said.

"This is something my kids can do," said Sunday School teacher April Guin, who organized a class project to fill up healthcare kits for Haitians in need. "They're very visual, they're tactile. These children understand how important it is to wash your hands and brush your teeth. And this is something that they will remember 20 years from now."

Guin says she's had a heart for Haiti ever since she and her family began sponsoring a 12-year old Haitian girl through the WorldVision organization. When she saw another local church was preparing to send healthcare kits to Haiti, she wanted to help.

"You already know that those people have a tough life," Guin said. "So when this happened to them, the first thing you think of is "I have to do something to help these people."

"I think it's really nice for the people of Haiti that will receive these bags and these bags will help them live a longer and better life," said Sawyer Tindall, another one of Guin's students.

After stuffing bags full of supplies, the first graders hope these kits carry not only health, but a touch of happiness with them.

"I would be very happy if I was very poor and didn't have any stuff," Lyon said. "So I bet they're gonna be very happy when they get lots of stuff."

"I want them to be happy and let them have a better life and enjoy their time with their family," Tindall said.

Guin's Sunday School class is partnering with Vestavia Hills United Methodist church to distribute these kits.

If you'd like more information on this project you can go to the churches website at http://www.vhumc.org.