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Donations help Tifton man arrange trip to Haiti

By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

TIFTON, GA (WALB) –A Haitian man's wish came true today. Thanks to many of you, he'll be able to return home to check on his family.

We told you about the Tifton man a few weeks ago. He wanted to fly to Haiti after the earthquake but he didn't have enough money, but tonight things are turning around.

This may look like just an ordinary piece of paper but to Maceus Alphonse it represents hope,

"I just really thank God for this day," said Alphonse.

And a chance to save his family.

"I am going to say mom, I love you," said Alphonse.

Today he bought an airplane ticket to Haiti.

Someone said they would buy me a ticket to go there so I went down there and bought the ticket this morning, and oh I feel very excited," said Alphonse.

Something he wouldn't have been able to do without financial help from others.

"I want to say to everyone that gave, I really appreciate your generosity," said Alphonse.

So far, several churches and individuals have reached out to Alphonse donating around $700.00 towards his trip.

"Right now they need food and then some tents because they sleep outside," said Alphonse.

So he's devising a plan to help bring them to safety, starting with the basics.

"I hope to take some tents over there so hopefully they can sleep better," said Alphonse.

Once he gets there, he plans on buying food, water and blankets in the Dominican Republic.

"That's my plan to buy some food and take it to other island so my family can survive,"said Alphonse.

But he says he has to be cautious, because his family members aren't the only ones in need.

"People are really hungry, they don't have no choice they will fight for food," said Alphonse.

But he plans on helping as many people as possible.

"I believe the situation they are going through right now God does it for a reason and the best will come out of it," said Alphonse.

Maceus says his elderly mother needs medical attention right away so once he gets there he hopes to find a nurse or doctor to take care of her.

His ultimate goal is to somehow be able to bring her back to the United States so he can keep her safe.

Alphonse will leave Saturday for eight days.

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