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1:06 PM, Jan 14, 2010   |    comments
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World Vision workers were loading up palettes of tarps, meal kits, water, hygiene kits and other emergency supplies at their East 40th Avenue warehouse on Thursday.

The organization is flying 18 metric tons of resources to Port Au-Prince to be distributed to 5,000 earthquake victims there.

The Denver warehouse is the agency's only U.S. warehouse stocked with emergency relief supplies year round. The supplies from the warehouse are distributed for major disasters on an as needed basis.

Amanda Pennington is a communications officer with World Vision. She says the organization is working as fast as it can to get supplies to Haiti because time is of the essence.

"There are people displaced and without homes, without food, without clean water all over the city so the urgency is very, very high. That is why we're sending this airlift to get the needed supplies as soon as possible," Pennington said.

Even though the supplies will serve only 5,000 and there are millions in need, Pennington says every tarp and meal kit makes a difference.

"I don't think there's anything better than knowing that a child is going to get the food and the clean water that he or she needs that they don't have right now," Pennington said.

World Vision is planning a second airlift that would clear out its Denver warehouse and serve 45,000 more earthquake victims.

After is emptied, officials will work quickly to refill it. Pennington says the agency relies on private donations to do so.

Another faith-based organization sending supplies to Haiti it the L.D.S. Church.

Officials with the church say they are sending two planes with 80,000 pounds of emergency relief supplies.

One of the planes was set to fly out of Denver on Thursday.

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