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Calling My Mother in Haiti

January 18, 2010

It was a normal afternoon for FedEx account executive Steve Pierre – until a relative called to tell him about the earthquake in Haiti. He spent the next several hours trying to phone his mother who lives in PortauPrince.  Steve shares his story about what happened next and how his FedEx co-workers reached out to him during the crisis.

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    I am glad to hear your mother is alive and well. It has been heart breaking to watch CNN for me. I can only continue to pray for those remaining, I want to help, but worry about sending money to the different organization. I want to help a single mother w/children there. Let me know if you know of anyone like this there personally.

    Jennifer Isaacs says:

    Steve i was glad to get to the outcome as i read your story. I could understand what you were going through while you waited for answers. I had that experience after an earthquake in Jamaica after i migrated here and left my family in jamaica. This disaster is heartbreaking. I felt good to be able to make my contribution to Haiti through my church.

    SHERELLE says:


    Andrea says:

    I am happy to hear that you mother is safe. God Bless!!

    Deborah Walker says:

    Mr. Steve, I am truly elated to hear that your mother is alive and well. you mentioned that your mother always worked hard to give you and your brother the best possible education. Now it’s your turn to bestow her with the same honor of hard work and love. You are doing your mother a great honor by bringing her here to be with you and your son. Don’t forget to remember the countless other families whose mother, brother, son, sister, etc, didn’t make it out.

    be blessed,
    Deborah Walker

    Necie says:

    You and your family are in my prayers. God bless Haiti. I am so glad to hear that your mother is alive. God bless you.

    Necie Byrd

    N Daley says:

    Very glad to hear that your mother is okay Steve.
    What a nightmare you must have been going through.
    Hopefully the U.S. will fast track her permanent residency paperwork like our gov’t is planning on doing here in Canada for Haitian family members.

    God Bless

    Sharron Rose says:

    There is a dire need for foster homes for the children who are now without home or families. So glad your mother has not been harmed. As a child (no matter your age) a mother is the greatest comfort through life. No one can replace her.
    I hope we can find families within the FedEx family to take some of the children left alone after this disaster.

    Jose L. Rodriguez says:

    Our Prayers go out to your people, and what an inspireing story.

    Dave Lobell says:


    I am very glad to that your Mother is well, I can only imagine the relief you must feel. I have made a modest donation to the Haitian relief effort, if there is anything else I can do please contact me at the above e-mail address.
    You have my prayers and best wihes.

    Dave Lobell
    LUFA Dispatch,
    Tempe, Arizona

    Toni Woods says:

    Steve, I am so relieved that your mother is okay. I heard about this a few days ago and I can’t tell you that out of so many sad stories that we have all heard on the news, this brings a welcomed gleamer of hope. Keep strong in knowing that she will be here soon and know that as a FedEx family that our hearts and prayers are continuing for you, your family and all the people of Haiti.

    Reginald H. Nolen, Sr. says:

    I just read your story via the intranet moments ago. Words can’t explain how “touch and go” things can be when there is a tragedy at hand. I’m glad to see yours has such a strong ending. We are supporting the efforts of Haiti rebuilding here in Memphis by contributing and the like. Thanks for the inspiration you have given to countless others in being persistent and unconditional in love for your mother.
    Have a great day and weekend!

    channy salazar says:


    After seeing the devastation of Haiti I am relief to know that your mother was ok. As the world grief over the lost of many lives and family members still not sure where their love ones are it is good to know that everyone that are allowed to be at the earthquack sites are doing all they can to find those that are unaccounted for. We as a nation should continue to pray and help any way we can.

    God Bless and I hope you reconnect with your family soon!

    Channy Salazar
    Account Executive Inside Sales/Irving Texas

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