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Grace Church continues to help in Haiti

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Deacon Richard Towns has noticed physical progress each time he has returned to Haiti since the earthquakes that devastated the country.

"I see commerce going on again,'' says Towns. "The shops are open, the hotels are under construction being built.''

But he has once again contributed to a more personal, more charitable rebuilding of Haiti.

Towns and a group from his Grace Church of the Islands recently returned from another trip during which they continued putting back together the lives affected by the destruction.

"We're putting all our money into children, we're not putting it into buildings,'' said Towns. "Their school is virtually a dirt floor, open walls and a roof. But the roof is tarp sewn together, so it might say Esso or American Oil or something like that. They're grateful for the things we bring them. We bring them hope.''

And thanks to a continuous fundraising effort at Grace Church, they were able to bring even more this time, particularly in the amount of food they were able to provide the children.

"Last year the kids got two meals a week. This we were able to give them three meals a week. We hope as time goes by we can eventually get them one meal a day.''

The members of Grace Church who volunteer their time and pay their own way on these trips also have another hope.

Towns was in Haiti when the earthquakes hit. He saw the before. He's participating in the after. But his real focus is on the future and the children who can improve it in Haiti.

"We hope 10 years from now that these people will be in politics or be in business and that they will be honest and fair,'' said Towns. "Haiti has a history of corrupt government and we need to overcome that with honest people who want to make an honest living and want to try.''

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