Shockwave of tragedy reaches Puget Sound



Posted on January 14, 2010 at 11:24 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 15 at 12:04 AM

A young woman from Port Orchard is still missing in the ruins of Port-au-Prince. Meanwhile, food and music are fueling a fundraiser at a Haitian restaurant in Seattle's Central District.

In Seattle’s Central District, food and music are fueling a fundraiser. The quake struck Waid’s Haitian's restaurant in the Central District with an devastating emotional force.

A friend lost a mother, other family members had to be rescued. Now they are fighting back by raising money to help those who survived, and they're not alone.

"Friends from Seattle have been pouring in support," said Waid Sainvil.

He’s hosting a celebration of love and charity in the grim face of a deadly disaster on an unimaginable scale.

Hans Bernard lost his mother.

Sainvil’s father was just rescued from quake damage.

"This is a bad time, but everyone, black, white, Asian, whatever you are as a human being, to show support and love," he said.

"I'm going to talk about hope, and that's what our faith talks about," said Father Mike Bayord.

More than a dozen students on the Seattle University campus channeled the power of prayer and believe their actions will affect the suffering in Haiti.

"Even though they are thousands of miles away, prayer can really unite us with them, bring us together with them, and say we're here to support, and love and encourage them from here," said Father Bayord.

Sophomore Osdaldo Hernandez reaches beyond prayer, planning fundraisers for a country and people he may never see.

"That fact that I can't be there, but that I can do something here to help them over there, that's enough for me," he said.

The money from Waid’s will go directly to two international charities already on the ground in Haiti.

Seattle University is also planning a benefit concert and supply drives.