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S. Colonie teacher wraps up relief work

"A truckload of supplies" were handed over to Jezreel International, an organization that volunteered to package and ship the supplies overseas.

The supplies were handed over to Jezreel on Monday at the Village of Colonie Department of Public Works facility.

"This initiative was critical to the people of Haiti and, in turn, helped South Colonie students connect with an area of the world that is desperately in need of help," according to information from the district.

Lorenzo Hodges, who has worked with Jezreel International for six years and is a former South Colonie graduate and Hall of Fame inductee, said he estimates the two-week drive helped pull in more than $10,000 worth of goods.

Jezreel has sent about 11 containers of supplies to Haiti so far, each holding close to $125,000 worth of goods, he said.

Hodges, who visited Haiti in February, said despite the enormous humanitarian effort, the nation is still in bad shape.

"There are people sleeping on the ground with nothing," he said.

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