Guest Blog from TV Host, Alex
Traveling to Haiti with the
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) team was both an
enlightening and empowering excursion – a life changing experience that I felt
compelled to share with my friends, family and neighbors here in Palos Verdes
on May 7th, 2013 at my home.
As a native of Galveston
Island, Texas, I have seen firsthand how natural disasters can devastate
families financially and emotionally and how it feels to have your community
rocked to the core. In 2011, I made a commitment with Habitat to help 50,000
Haitian affected families and individuals rebuild their lives in 5 years.
John Z. Blazevich and Alex McLeod
One year later, more than 75
enthusiastic women from my own community arrived at my door with no
expectations and ended up leaving that day having changed the lives of Haitian
communities by raising more than $50,000 dollars through a silent auction and
private donations. It was deeply moving to see empowered women of all ages band
together, some of whom had never met before, to purchase basic needs for
Haitian families, the basics that many of us take for granted every single day; a solar powered street light, latrine, separate shower, clean water points.
Habitat for Humanity has
been in Haiti for more than 27 years and I have been volunteering and
fundraising on behalf of HFH GLA and Habitat International’s efforts for more
than 9 years. Haiti is just one complex example of how the Habitat model just
works, the money always gets there, the employees are absolutely determined and
dedicated and new homes are being built all over the world - every 5
minutes! I cannot think of a more worthwhile and trustworthy non-profit. I had
no idea that making a difference in the lives of others less fortunate, could
ever have such a profound difference in my own life and the lives of my loved
Habitat is always thanking
me for my contributions, but I want to thank Habitat from the bottom of my heart,
for changing my life forever – one home at a time!
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