The Haiti earthquake disaster has left nearly 200,000 people dead. It has also given boyfriends Luke Montgomery and Nate Gudias the opportunity to become heroes.
The pair have launched Cause Commandos, a true grassroots effort that raised $10,000 for drugs and medical supplies, baby formula, tents, and other much needed supplies. Then Luke (a branding consultant and the activist once known as Luke Sissyfag) and Nate (an environmental researcher) got on a plane, took everything there, and began working side-by-side with relief workers.
Not just because the pair have warm souls, but because Luke used to live in Haiti, where he founded an AIDS orphanage — which
miraculously managed to survive was destroyed, but no children were injured.
“We’re not disaster aid professionals but we just had to take action, so we simply got on a plane,” says Nate. “After landing in the Dominican Republic we went to local medical supply stores and pharmacies and loaded up on antibiotics, prescription painkillers and other essentials from bandages to baby formula, from IV fluids to injection syringes. We crammed every inch of our big rented SUV full of supplies and every bag we had was overflowing with urgently-needed drugs. We then drove all through the night to the Haitian border. There we hooked up with the Dominican navy. We loaded our all of our supplies onto a relief ship and set sail for Haiti and have been running back and forth ever since.”
While there’s much debate over how to “best” assist the Haitian relief effort, and whether institutional relief organizations can provide the best return on the dollar, we fully support Luke and Nate’s on-the-ground personal effort. You can donate to their project here, where they say 100 percent of all donations go toward relief.