605 Magazine May 2010 Edition
605magazine.com | 33 arms. A lady came over and told me that her parents had been killed in the earthquake. Th ere are thousands of stories like that.” Traveling through Port-au-Prince, the city largely aff ected by the earth- quake, gave the members of Scarlet Letter the chance to experience the devastation reported on the news with all fi ve senses. “As we were passing the collapsed palace, a Haitian man with us made the comment that he knew at least fi ve people still trapped in the building. Just as he said that, the smell hit us,” said Bohl. “Th ousands of bodies still lay under the rubble. People cannot forget about Haiti. It is going to take years to rebuild. It’s so important to still raise awareness and support for the country and its people.” Looking past the rubble and the pain may have been diffi cult, but the members of Scarlet Letter were there to off er positivity to a country heavily burdened by the negative. Th rough mu- sic and a little hard work, Scarlet Let- ter brought happiness to the people of Haiti, giving them a chance to get lost in music built on a strong foundation of faith. “We got to play an acoustic rock show the last night we were there, which was awesome. Th e kids were dancing and jumping around, even though they had no idea what we were saying,” said Bohl. As soon as they arrived back in the states, Scarlet Letter began laying the preliminary groundwork for future trips to Haiti and other destinations, as well as local benefi ts. “We can’t wait to make another trip to Haiti and to hopefully become a fa- miliar face to the kids there,” said Bohl. “We will help wherever we feel called and needed.” Haiti is still in need of the love and support of individu- als able to lend a help- ing hand. Th e worst thing the world can do is forget about those less fortunate aff ected by poverty and/ or disaster or shut out the stories of the suff ering sim- ply because it hurts to hear. “ T h e r e are still thou- sands of resi- dents wound- ed, homeless, sick, and starving. It will take bil- lions of dol- lars and years of help to rebuild what was already a country in devastation,” said Bohl. “We think the most impor- tant thing the youth of Sioux Falls can do is to continue to raise awareness and support in schools, churches and at youth events. Th e need in Haiti is end- less and every little bit helps.” Now that they have returned home, Scarlett Letter hopes to share their ex- periences of their travels to Haiti with their fans, inspiring them to spread the word and continue to raise aware- ness. In addition, a portion of the prof- its made from the sale of band t-shirts goes directly to help Mission Haiti and their cause. If you are interested in attending a Scarlet Letter show visit www.MySpace. com/ScarletLetterBand or check out www. Mission-Haiti.org to see how you can help.