"They're human beings," said John Billock
"And we need to help them."
Billock is the clinical director of Orthotics and Prosthetics Rehabilitation Engineering Centre in Howland.
And the devastation in Haiti has moved him to help in every way he
"There is a growing number of adults and children losing their limbs as a result of infections," Billock
"Even post-injury because of not having antibiotics."
So to help, Billock
staff are sorting and assembling parts that they've gathered of prosthetic limbs and sending them to Haiti.
Many of the parts have come from patients of the center.
"Patients of ours, when they've either been refit with a new prosthesis or somebody has unfortunately passed away, and components have been donated to us," said Billock
"This is our opportunity to put them to good use."
In all, Billock
collected between $20,000 and $30,000 in prosthetic parts.
That's not the only way he's
He is heading up a committee that is raising funds through local Rotary Cubs.
Rotary International is sending shelter boxes to Haiti, and they include everything someone would need to survive, like a tent.
"The immediate need right now, from an email I received just last night, is that they need over 200,000 tents," Billock