Beaufort business owners help Haitians

By Jaime Dailey - bio | email

BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) - A group of Haitian business owners in Beaufort are doing their part to help those devestated by the earthquake.

They are coming together, collecting items to send to Haiti and later this month. They'll be holding a fashion show fundraiser to give more support to the people of Haiti, who desperately need it.

The haunting images of the devastation in Haiti hits home for Marie Tate, owner of Tate Enterprise. "She's from Haiti and visited there not long ago, but the Haiti she captured on her cell phone is now a much different place with many new problems."

"We have a lot of missing family members in Port Au Prince," said Tate. "I have missing family members in other outskirts of Haiti."

That's why she and two other Haitian business owners in Beaufort are holding a donation drive collecting non perishable food, bottled water, clothing, baby items, personal hygiene products and other supplies to send to Haiti.

Items Jean Laurent, owner of Jewelry Affair, knows are needed now more than ever.

"Some of them barely escaped with the clothes on their back, some of them have no clothes and all of the people don't have water to drink right now, no electricity, we need to help them so they can survive long enough to be able to help themselves later on," said Laurent.

"I know the pain these people were going through before that," said Jenny Sylvain, owner of JnA Clothing Company. "Seeing the devastation, it has to be worse. I feel like there is something we can do. We're blessed, we're in a different situation and we have a way to help."

With each of these business owners having family and friends impacted by the earthquake - they're doing all they can to help the effort.

"No matter what is going on, I know God is in control so I"m going to do my little part so he can do his part," said Tate.

In addition to collecting all of these items, they're also holding a fashion show and fundraiser at the end of the month.

"I just want to share my blessings with them," said Sylvain. "I want the Haitian community to know regardless of the pain they're going through, they may be far away but they're in our hearts."

They're hoping these supplies will help mend this broken area.

To help the cause, you can drop off donation items at:

  • JnA Clothing Company - 95 Sea Island Parkway, Suite 104, Hamilton Village, Lady's Island 843.379.8001
  • Jewelry Affair - Suite 2B Broad River Blvdl, Beaufort, SC - 843.271.1751
  • Tate Enterprise, LLC - 134 Lady's Island Drive Suite C, Lady's Island, SC - 843.524.8283

* Donations will be collected at those locations through February 15.

Help Haiti Fashion Show and Fundraiser will take place January 31 at Hot Music Hall on Burton Hill Road in Beaufort. Tickets can be purchased at any of the 3 businesses listed above.

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