While most of the country, with the exception of the Atlantic Coast section of Florida, went unscathed by the wrath of Hurricane Matthew the tiny island nation of Haiti was not so fortunate.

Occupying an island in the Caribbean Sea that it shares with the Dominic Republic, Haiti was ravaged by the Category 5 Atlantic hurricane Matthew around Oct. 4. Death and destruction followed. As many as 1,600 were reported killed in the storm that caused almost $2 million dollars in property damage. More than 55,000 were left displaced and homeless.

While most of the country, with the exception of the Atlantic Coast section of Florida, went unscathed by the wrath of Hurricane Matthew the tiny island nation of Haiti was not so fortunate.

Occupying an island in the Caribbean Sea that it shares with the Dominic Republic, Haiti was ravaged by the Category 5 Atlantic hurricane Matthew around Oct. 4. Death and destruction followed. As many as 1,600 were reported killed in the storm that caused almost $2 million dollars in property damage. More than 55,000 were left displaced and homeless.

"Many of the people of Haiti are still without food clothing or shelter," reported Phillips County resident Lenora Marshall. "They are literally living on the streets."

"While the Red Cross and other rescue missions are reaching out to the people in Haiti, they are still in desperate need of help," Marshall added.

Marshall helped spearhead a local effort to raise funds for the Haitian people. She reported that a total of $7,200 was raised through the generous donations of several Phillips Countians.

The list of contributors includes: Edward Marshall, Rev. Jerome Turner, Rev. Artis James, Judge Kathlene Bell, Marvell Mayor and current Phillips County Judge Clark Hall, attorney James Valley, Rev. Jarvis Smith and staff, Ray King, Retired Phillips County Judge Don Gentry, Elder David Anderson, Karen Anderson, Thomas Jackson, Pearlie Scribbling, Leon Phillips, Virgie Phillips, Rev. James Lamb, Leon Williams, Wanda Boyland, Mary Sanders, Exel Evans, Michael Burchett, Elder glenn Jackson, Otis Jones, Ora Hart and Kenny Gibbs and others that may have been inadvertently left out.

"America still has a heart," said Marshall. "Because there are many Americans who are compassionate and sensitive to the needs of others, I express much gratitude and appreciation to these precious people who contributed to the needs of the Haitians."

Marshall went on to say, "We have many hurting people in America whose needs are not being met but we live in a country with greater opportunities. Our concerns are both home and in the foreign mission field.

"Thanks again to all the supporters who cared enough to help," she concluded.