James O’Connell was deployed to Haiti January 13 by Haiti Emergency Mutual Aide Compact to rescue and recover earthquake victims from the rubble. After O’Connell returned to New York, he said he couldn’t stand by idly.
Over time O’Connell has enlisted friends and colleagues to help gather supplies for Project Medishare’s efforts in Port-au-Prince. Recently several air conditioning units have arrived in Haiti and are waiting to be installed at Hospital Project Medishare Bernard Mevs. A few months ago Sing Tao Newspaper New York’s Chief Executive officer Mr. Robin Mui facilitated the donation of the AC units from Ms. Helen Li, owner of Brooklyn Appliance Inc. After Li prepared the units for shipping, Mr. Joe Ruiz, from the UPS Foundation, facilitated the shipment of the units to Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare in Haiti free of charge.
“I have had the opportunity to work first hand with [Project Medishare] in Haiti and have witness the life saving services you are providing,” O’Connell said. “It has been my pleasure assisting Project Medishare and I will always support your mission to save lives.”