Fruth Pharmacy Donates Over $14,000 Worth of Prescription Medications To the Haitian Aid Group
FRUTH PHARMACY INC.
POINT PLEASANT, WV.
Fruth Pharmacy, in support of Fruth Pharmacist Shelly Hodges (Nitro, WV) recently donated over $14,000 worth of prescription medications to the Haitian aid group Friends of Fort Liberte (FFL.) Shelly Hodges has been serving on a volunteer basis in Haiti for 4 years. After the devastating 2010 earthquake near Port-au-Prince, which took the lives of thousands and rendered over a million people homeless, Haiti has been more in need of aid than ever.
The Friends of Fort Liberte has been active in Haiti since the 1970’s, maintaining an orphanage, the Ebenezer Medical Clinic, a nursing home, a school and school lunch program, and a child sponsorship program. FFL is a 501 (3)(c) charitable organization, which means that all donations are tax deductible and the full amount of all donations goes toward the program, now based out of Elkins, WV. Mission teams from the United States rotate from November to May.
Shelly Hodges will be returning to Haiti on February 24, 2012 to serve on her fourth mission. “I have become especially close with the local kids, and I look forward to seeing them each time I return. They are quick to befriend newcomers and quickly work their way into your heart,” said Hodges. “There is always improvement each time I return to Fort Liberte,” she continues. “There is a young man named Junior who grew up in the orphanage. He is now in medical school in the Dominican Republic and plans to return to Fort Liberte to work as a full-time doctor in the local medical clinic. The farm is operated by Celius, known as “Ti Papi,” who was a sponsored child of FFL. After getting a degree in agriculture, he has returned to plant the food that will be used to feed the children in the orphanage. The Haitian people’s pride and willingness to give back to their communities is truly inspiring.”
“Fruth Pharmacy always welcomes the opportunity to assist community engagement, even if the communities happen to be far from home,” said Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy. “It truly is inspiring to see our close neighbors in West Virginia so engaged with improving the lives of people thousands of miles from here. We were pleased Shelly brought this opportunity to our attention.”
“Many lives have been saved during our visits to the medical clinic,” Hodges added. “We see about 1500-1700 patients during our stay. It’s extremely busy. We treat everything from headaches to respiratory arrest. Receiving donations on this scale also enables us to help with basic nourishment needs such as iron pills and other necessary vitamins.”