Wyandanch, NY – Suffolk County Legislator Jason Richberg partnered with New York State Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre and the Town of Babylon to hold a candlelight vigil in support of the residents of Haiti suffering from the effects of a recent earthquake on Wednesday, Aug. 25 at Wyandanch Plaza.
On August 14, 2021, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Tiburon Peninsula in the Caribbean nation of Haiti, taking over 2,000 lives. At least 2,800 were injured, and more than 7,000 homes were destroyed. This is just the latest in a series of extreme weather events and natural disasters in Haiti in recent years.
“New York State is home to the second-highest population of Haitian-Americans in the US, with many of them calling Suffolk County home,” said Legislator Richberg. “Year after year, the residents of Haiti are forced to contend with some of most treacherous storms and natural disasters that Mother Nature has to offer- and the aftermath that they create. Today we bring together elected officials, clergy and community members to show our support for Haiti, let them know they are not alone, and show that we will continue to stand with them. It is only in joining together that we can overcome any obstacles.”
The event featured a prayer service from local clergy and remarks from Assemblywoman Jean-Pierre, Legislator Richberg, and other elected officials and community leaders in attendance. Over 200 candles were distributed to attendees, and medical supplies were collected to be sent to Haiti to assist with ongoing relief and recovery efforts.
“Our brothers and sisters in Haiti have endured unspeakable tragedy and suffering over the years, with the latest being a 7.2 magnitude earthquake which has claimed more than 2,000 lives so far,” said Assemblywoman Jean-Pierre. “This week’s candlelight vigil served to bring members of our community together to stand in solidarity with all those in the Republic of Haiti as they continue to recover. The Haitian-American community is strong here in New York, and our state will always stand with the good people of Haiti through good times and bad.”