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Published February 09, 2010, 10:20 PM

Local Group Returns From Haiti

We've seen the scenes of devastation and desperation from Haiti after the earthquake hit the nation. People across the U.S. responded to the cry for help, including James Lamb from Grand Forks.

We've seen the scenes of devastation and desperation from Haiti after the earthquake hit the nation. People across the U.S. responded to the cry for help, including James Lamb from Grand Forks.

Lamb says, “It was the the trip of a lifetime. It was the experience of a lifetime. It changed our lives indefinitely.”

Lamb went with seven others from the area to help rebuild an orphanage that Lacey Hewitt from Lancaster, Minnesota was working at when the quake struck.

Lamb says, “A lot of the kids either lost their mom or dad during the earthquake, or they were dropped off cause their families have too many kids, and they can't handle it.”

Lamb says out of everything he saw in Haiti, his most memorable experience was helping the children.

“When they melt to you, and they bond with you, you kind of want to take one home yourself. It was kind of a running joke that we all would take a Haitian local baby with us. It was definitely an awesome experience because some of those kids just warm your heart for sure,” says Lamb.

Lamb says he wasn't just impressed with the children, but also the adults who have an optimistic attitude after everything they've been through.

“I don't know a person like myself or people who I know who could still have a smile on their face, still be warm to people coming into their homes,” says Lamb.

It was a chance to meet some amazing people and a country that Lamb says will always have a special place in his heart.

“It's just a little spot on the map, but the people there are a bigger heart than what it actually shows on the map,” says Lamb.

There will be another local group leaving soon to help out at the orphanage.

If you would like to help them, there's a fund set up at Bremer Bank, called "Haiti Volunteer Fund."

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