Haiti Crisis Hits Home for Toledo Family

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When America last saw Jackie and Aaron Frisch they were enjoying the home that the ABC-TV program "Extreme Makoever Home Edition" built for them and their 12 children. Their family includes five boys they adopted while on a church missions trip to Haiti.

Now it is that connection to the poverty-stricken nation that has the Toledo, Ohio family glued to the television.

"Devastated. I don't even know if devastated is the right word," Jackie said. "We have people there that we love with all our hearts."

The boys' made-over bedroom pays tribute to their native land with maps on the walls. They are now desperate to reach across the miles and touch the family members they left behind in Port-au-Prince.

"Right now I am, like, really scared because my aunt lives there and I don't know what's going on right now," said son Joe.

"I cannot talk to them to know if they are good or not," said son Fabenson. "So it's really hard to think about it."

It is even harder seeing the earthquake's massive devastation on television.

"Toledo has seven hospitals," said Aaron. "The hospital in Port au Prince collapsed. There's no medical care, they don't have clean water to begin with. And now there's dust in the air so thick they can't even see across the city."

When Toledo -- and show host Ty Pennington -- built the Frisch family's home a little more than a year ago they also organized Hope for Haiti, a drive that collected toys and supplies to send back to the country that was then recovering from a hurricane.

"And to know they're hurting and they don't have the help accessible to them that we have in this country," Jackie said. "So our plea is to pray for the people of Haiti and anybody in America that can do something."

This Toledo family knows they need only to look at their home to know that God answers prayer.

*Originally published January 15, 2010.

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Efrem Graham

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Efrem Graham is an award-winning journalist, who comes to CBN News from the ABC owned and operated station in Toledo, Ohio.  He received his master's degree from the Columbia University Journalism School. He also holds a bachelor's degree in English Literature from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.  Follow Efrem on Twitter @EfremGraham and "like" him at Facebook.com/EfremGrahamCBN.