“The people live in just shacks,” said Lydia, turning from the birthday party to pictures of dismal shelters people call home. “They still have blue tarps since after the 2011 hurricane,” she said pointing to a tarp-covered shelter constructed of pieces of rusted metal and others made of various combinations of lumber scraps and metal.
“I want to go to Haiti really bad and actually see how they live, what it’s like,” she said wistfully.
She knows the numbers, $725 for the round trip and $40 a day for a house and food. She also knows that children have gone, with a parent, on some of the mission trips.
“I hope to make it a lot better for the people. I will always collect money to help the people,” she said with resolve.