NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nearly two weeks after a deadly earthquake hit Haiti, work in Middle Tennessee to help those victims continues.
Sunday evening, Father Edwige Carre, who came to Nashville from Port-au-Prince five years ago, and members of Nashville's Haitian community gathered at Holy Name Catholic Church in east Nashville for special Creole mass in honor of victims of the Haitian earthquake
For Carre, the pain is personal. He lost a brother and three other family members in the earthquake but knows it could have been worse.
“I know some families who lost everything, you know the whole family got killed,” he said.
In the wake of the destruction to his country, Father Carre told News 2 it's the outreach and aid from his neighbors in the U.S. that means the most.
“I would like to thank the American people for their help, their support,” he said.
Just up the street from Holy Name, at the Nashville First Church of the Nazarene, supplies for the victims were being collected.
Over 2,000 care kits were being packed up, along with basic needs, things like diapers, food and bottled water.
“Tonight, immediately following the evening service myself and a member of the congregation will leave to head down to Miami to drop those off at a warehouse where they're shipping things to Haiti,” explained Associate Pastor Dale Benson.
He said after the delivery, they'll assess the need and get right back to work, collecting items needed most.