Airline waives fee for church in Evans to send supplies to Haiti

West Acres Baptist Church scored a small victory as aid workers struggle to get help where it’s needed in Haiti.

Today, a medical mission team from the Evans church is making its way to the earthquake-stricken country, carrying trunks full of medical supplies.

Their airline, Delta, originally said it would cost $3,200 to transport the supplies, in addition to the cost of the tickets purchased by the 14-member team.

The team reached out to media, and when they arrived this morning at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Delta had waived they fee, said Pam Hutton, secretary to senior pastor the Rev. Larry Harmon.

“I got an e-mail early this morning. They’re on their way,” she said.

The team packed at West Acres Tuesday night, taking off for Atlanta at 4:30 a.m. this morning. They’ll land in the Dominican Republic this afternoon, where they’ll make their way to Haiti to work in an orphanage devastated by the quake. The team returns to Augusta Jan. 27.

Even though the doctors and nurses of the team didn’t have to pay the fee, they would have if it meant they could have brought more equipment, Hutton said.

Team members had to leave supplies behind after they were notified by Delta of a two-bag limit, which kept them from paying more in fees for a third or fourth bag even if they wanted to.

The supplies include donations from the community: vital medical equipment and food for children and baby formula.

“We were prepared to pay,” Hutton said. “It got out in the media and Delta backed off. It’s a little bit of a miracle.”

Get updates from the team at the West Acres Family & Friends Facebook page.

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