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Two stories of Haiti have one common bond

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Kennewick, Wash;-- More people here are making every effort to help out in Haiti.

Today we caught up with two different people so we could tell you about their stories. Both of them share a common belief, and it's a belief centered around lending a helping hand to those suffering.

April Connor's office is full of pictures of her children. She showed us one picture of her daughter Darline. The picture paints Darline in a summer dress with a bright smile on her face. That grin stole April's heart away.  

Darline was adopted from Haiti about seven months ago. Her mom April says it was a long two year process, a process that will forever connect her to Darline's orphanage and a country in pain.

 "Haiti was horrid before the earthquake and so the images that come now break my heart," she said.  

She took that broken heart of hers to Florida, where she helped gather and send off supplies for the organization ‘Chances for Children'. During her time there she helped support the 300 orphans now struggling at the orphanage her daughter once called home.  Others from the Tri-Cities have also found a calling in Haiti, like Dr. Lewis Zirkle and his medical team. Today they come back after working there for two weeks.

"It's very humbling when you see, not just doctors, but everyone there," he said. "The nurses, the techs, everybody pitching in to help their fellow man makes you feel inclusive with mankind."

Dr. Zirkle says he and his team travel around the world to help in situations just like this one. In fact, they were on their way to a different medical mission but when they heard about Haiti they changed their plans immediately.

--Hilary Whittier. If you have story ideas please email her at