A local non-profit had Haiti in its heart long before the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Port-Au-Prince on Tuesday, Jan. 12.
To Love a Child, Inc. has been working with an orphanage in Port-Au-Prince since April 2009, providing food, clothing and other support services to roughly 29 orphans ages 1 to 18. Those orphans and their caretaker survived the quake and are living under a tarp on the street since the orphanage was demolished. Now, their needs are even more urgent and a group of Clifton Park residents is trying to make sure they get the help they need.
Myla Kramer works at Clifton Park Town Hall and knew how much To Love a Child, Inc. meant to the deputy town clerk, Theresa Brobston, its president. Kramer adopted a daughter from an orphanage in Russia, so the earthquake's devastation hit home, and she said she knew she couldn't walk away from an opportunity to help. She batted around some ideas with her coworkers and decided to host a benefit concert at Northern Lights on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 3 to 9 p.m.
Theresa came in after the quake and was very upset and concerned for the orphans over there. I think everyone was having the same types of conversations, thinking about the devastation and feeling a little helpless, said Kramer. "We wanted to do something to help her group so when they go back [to Haiti] they can go with a lot more items and money to buy building supplies. This isn't a town hall effort; it's just us helping a friend."
Local bands like Soul Session, Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers, Vivid and Cryin' Out Loud performed and there was a bounce house and face painting for kids. All proceeds went to To Love a Child, Inc.