I am thrilled to say that there are 11 students found at this time. This means that there is only one student that hasn’t be accounted for as well as the two professors.
At this time, it is not sure when exactly when the US Department of State flight from Haiti to the Dominican Repulic will leave, but eight students will be on board. This is a huge blessing and wonderful news!
The school held prayer sessions today at the chapel for anyone who wanted to attend and pray for the safe return of all of our Lynn family who are in Haiti.
Personally, I would like to thank the anonymous donor who provided a private jet to pick up the students once they reached the Dominican Republic. It is a wonderful gift, the first 8 students to return will be together, allowed a chance to have some privicy, and a chance to reflect on what has happened to them before the rush of emotions they will see on their families faces who have been so worried once they land. A generous gift that I am sure not only touches the students and their families, but the Lynn coummnity which in itself is a family. Such acts of kindess are a blessing in their own in this world. Who ever you are, I am sure that the 14 families are more greatful for the gratitude you have shown to their children in this extremely difficult time, and will be wanting to send out a very big thank you.
Waiting to hear about the remaining three who are still missing at this time. There is just so much hope all across the campus and it is a wonderful feeling to have after the last two days. I know I picked the right school because all the love, hope, and determination that has been fueling the school these past few days. Students and staff did not have to know one of the missing to feel the empact this has on our community. The many facebook groups and dedicated students who have been updating the pages with information only shows part of the efforts to spread the word, bring hope, and encourage others to help out.
Students are outside the campus now collecting money for Food for the Poor. The boxes for Food for the Poor are full of clothes. We won’t be happy until all our students and staff are back at Lynn and then we won’t even stop there. There are thousands of people suffering in Haiti and they need our support. Students are texting Haiti to 90999 to send $10. Other students looking for places to donate blood, clothing, food, water, and some are looking for ways to get to Haiti to help out as soon as possible.
There is lots of hope right now. Lots of positive energy. If you would like to know more about the status of our students and staff or would like to help out those in need in Haiti, check out these links:
The Lynn Alert website for information about students and staff http://www.lynn.edu/alert
The facebook group created by Lynn students http://www.facebook.com/#/group.php?v=info&ref=mf&gid=247473473858
The facebook group of people who are looking for loved ones from the Hotel Montana http://www.facebook.com/#/pages/Haiti-Earthquake-Hotel-Montana/245595172631?ref=mf
The red cross http://www.redcross.org/ Look for how to help
Food for the Poor is collecting donations for Haiti, if you are able to, please please please, donate money, they are a wonderful organization and they help the most in need. https://secure3.convio.net/ffp/site/Donation2?df_id=6320&6320.donation=form1
If you are looking for information, check out the Department of States website http://www.state.gov/ or call 1-888-407-4747 if you are looking for a loved one who is in Haiti.