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The supplies from World Vision were loaded onto a FedEx plane en route Monday morning to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The shipment included tarps, blankets, water bottles and hygiene kits.

"Our hope is that people will survive and they will be able to have their basic needs met while their infrastructure and their lives are being rebuilt," Amanda Pennington of World Vision said.

Other FedEx flights carrying supplies are expected depart Monday from Los Angeles, Miami and New York.

World Vision, based in Federal Way, Wash., also shipped nearly 20 tons of tents, blankets, cooking utensils and other survival equipment to Haiti from Denver last week.

About 100,000 or more people are estimated to have died from the magnitude-7.0 quake.

Despite the rising death toll, dramatic and emotional rescues continue by the hour in Haiti.

While some families have been reunited with their missing loved ones, the search continues for a Colorado Springs man, believed to be trapped under a hotel.

The family of 40 year-old David Hames is encouraged by all of the successful rescues happening.

Hames, a photographer from Colorado Springs, is thought to be trapped under rubble of the Hotel Montana in Haiti. Two other men from Colorado were rescued from the hotel last week.

Hames has been working as a Compassion International contractor.

Crews say they can still hear signs of life beneath the hotel wreckage.

Kathy Redmond, from Compassion International, said, "We are encouraged by the continuing reports of people being pulled out of the hotel wreckage, and believe that David will be among them. David is part of the Compassion family and we will do everything we can do to ensure that he's rescued."

Ricky Dittmer's mother was also rescued from a supermarket on Sunday. The Dittmer family lives in south Florida. Ricky and his brother hugged when they found out their mother had pulled from the debris alive.

"Her knees are injured from just being on her knees for five days. But other than that, she's absolutely fine, it's just wonderful news," Dittmer said.

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