Helping kids in Haiti

Shirley Hosler aids church group with donations to orphanage

From left, Nicole Hummingbird, Shirley Hosler, Adrienne Teachout, William Hummingbird, Diana Hummingbird, David Hummingbird and John Hummingbird stand with the items Hosler collected, seen Tuesday. (Enterprise photo — Jesse Adcock)

SARANAC LAKE — After Shirley Hosler read a December article in the Watertown Daily Times about churches supporting an orphanage in Haiti, she decided she was going to help.

“I want to do more for the people, and when I saw those children — nobody helped my family. Nobody,” Hosler said. “I don’t care if it’s Watertown or where it is … and I like Watertown anyways.”

So she called up New Hope Baptist Church, asked what they needed, and started collecting. Among the items collected were 18 soccer balls, donated by Mike McGlynn of the Lake Placid Soccer Centre.

“I got underwear, I got reading glasses — 85 of them,” Hosler said. “Every kid’s going to have a pair of glasses.”

On Tuesday, Adrienne Teachout, who runs the missions for New Hope Baptist Church, and the Hummingbird family came to pick up the items.

Shirley Hosler holds a box of dolls headed to Haiti, seen Tuesday. (Enterprise photo — Jesse Adcock)

Members of the church fly down to the Voice of the Children of Haiti Orphanage in Port-au-Prince once a year around Christmas to deliver the items. Teachout said more than 40 orphans are in the care of the orphanage.

“Since the earthquake in 2010, our church has been supporting this orphanage,” Teachout said. “We send monthly support to them so they can buy things in country, and we cover their rent for the year as well.”

Teachout said they can still use donations — clothing, shoes, hygiene items like toothbrushes and toothpaste, as well as craft supplies like construction paper and glue. She said they also accept monetary donations.

Items and donations can be sent to New Hope Baptist Church, 19983, state Route 3, Watertown NY 13601. Alternatively, items can be given to Hosler.

For more information, contact Teachout at 315-480-0039 or ahteachout13@gmail.com.

Voice of the Children of Haiti Orphanage (Provided photo — Adrienne Teachout)