If you would like to donate towards Mario's recovery, Papillon Enterprise has set up a donation campaign. Copy and past the link below into your browser:
It can be hard to sit on the side lines and not help when you know there is so much that needs to be done. Tonight I am sitting in Minnesota refreshing a facebook feed, praying for a great man.
One of our amazing partners in Haiti, Papillon Enterprise, is keeping the world updated on one of their brightest employees. If you have even been to Papillon Enterprise to shop or snag a smoothie since the Clay Cafe started then you would have meet Mario.
Haiti can be a dangerous place and people can do terrible things when they are desperate. Today Mario was shot three times. He is in the hospital (Bernard Mevs if you are in Haiti and able to donate blood), however they are not able to operate until they have sufficient blood. Blood in Haiti is not as easy to come by as it is here in America and surgery is not done with out blood being available or ready to replace.
I might not be in Haiti any more, but I know many people who are. If you are in or know some one in Haiti, please consider going to MSF (Medicin Sans Frontier) on Delmas 33 to Donate O+ or O- blood. You must use his full name Jean David Castin. Mario has lost a great deal of blood and needs surgery immediately, possibly two.
If you are not in Haiti like myself, please pray for Mario. I spent a great deal of time at the Clay Cafe while in Haiti last week was greeted by Mario's infectious smile every time. Although I don't know him well, he was kind and welcoming, a good person. It is tough to be so helpless knowing your friends are hurting and grieving. Please-join me in lifting him up in prayer.
Pray for Haiti, for healing and strength as a nation. Pray for Mario and for his family, his father was in the car with him and is also in the hospital. Pray for Papillon Enterprise and the community around them in Haiti.
Stay safe, and God bless.
Update as of 3/9 9:40 PM from Shelley Clay:
Blood might be needed tomorrow, but for now, none can be processed until the morning. Thank you everyone who jumped into action for Mario tonight!!
Anyone who wants to prevent this kind of crazy run around for future emergencies, please consider donating regularly to the Red Cross in Haiti!
Update on location: go to the Red Cross, 17 people here waiting to donate but they are looking for O+ or -, could donate tomorrow. Don't go to MSF, they weren't sure what to do.