May 28, 2009 (El Cajon)--Rescue Task Force (RTF) and World Emergency Relief (WER) are responding to the 7.1 earthquake that struck Honduras at 2:20 AM this morning.
“The orphanage that WER-CA sponsors has sustained heavy damage to the dormitory,” Gary Becks at Rescue Task Force informed East County Magazine.
“Thirty-six of our orphans have been moved into the office and the dining area. Jose, our local warehouseman’s home was destroyed. He, his wife and baby are the first of probably many to move into our WER warehouse.” He added, “We need help!!! This is a 9-1-1 call for help from our friends in Honduras of so many years. We are responding on faith. Please, can you help send this team?”
Team Leader Andrea Stone will depart from Los Angeles tonight and fly to Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras where she will meet with RTF team member Jim McNeely, coming from Atlanta. Upon arrival they will meet with Honduras coordinator, Dr. Claudio Casas who is assembling a local team of Honduran doctors and volunteers – veterans of many RTF jungle missions.
RTF is in contact with colleagues at the Fire Department in Honduras; a combined team will coordinate disaster relief activities with them for help to isolated areas that the Fire department will not be able to immediately assist, said Beck, who asked for help from the public to support the relief efforts.
Donations may be made online at www.rescuetaskforce.org or mailed to: Rescue Task Force,
864 N. Second St. #340, El Cajon, CA 92021