Earlier this year, Ecuador was devastated by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake. It was the strongest earthquake to strike the country in over 30 years. The effects were devastating, with over 600 fatalities and thousands more injured. After the earthquake’s destruction of many buildings and shopping centers, necessary supplies became difficult to obtain and distribute.

Less than two weeks after the disaster took place, RS&H Aviation associate Madeleine Ferrer saw an opportunity to help and sent out a request for donations of clothes, blankets, non-perishable foods, and insect repellent. Jonathon Long, of our Houston office, found himself compelled to do whatever he could to help.

“After looking at the reports of what has happened in Ecuador, I think everyone wonders ‘what if this happened to my family?’” Jonathon said.

Jonathon gathered additional support to prepare goody bags filled with essentials to send to the victims of the earthquake. He even recruited children and families at his church, who were more than happy to help with the cause.

Madeleine reported that a few of her friends were able to help deliver the goody bags in person, and they took a few photos along the way. While the faces of those who weathered the disaster are weary, there is an unmistakable expression of appreciation in knowing that someone reached out to help.

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Joe VanHoose
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