Thursday, January 21st, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  11 responses

Dalembert’s Stories of Horror from Haiti

Sammy D returned from his devastated homeland with tales of woe: “After a 98-90 home loss to the Trail Blazers, Dalembert, who left Haiti before Wednesday’s aftershock, became emotional when talking about the conditions facing so many children, especially the difficulty in finalizing adoptions with so many kids in desperate need. He pledged another $250,000 after already contributing $130,000. ‘I had surgeries performed in front of me on folding kitchen tables,’ Dalembert said. ‘The situation is so terrible. Kids are running around with no sandals. Doctors take shifts and work like 20 hours straight. You can see they’re so tired in their eyes, then they hop a plane, sleep and come back two days later (to do it again). Dalembert also has long-term concerns, such as feeding and housing hundreds of thousands of people until homes can be rebuilt. Tents seem to be the best temporary option. ‘I tried to be strong,’ Dalembert said. ‘It was enough for me.”’

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  • riggs

    i hope people understand that while canned food and supplies are welcomed, they need money and also volunteers out there, the infrastructure is so crippled that most of the supplies are still stuck at the airport. Although I’m glad at how fast my fellow dominicans helped their brothers to the west, seeing as how they (dominicans) are close to reaching haiti’s collapse in government.

  • Hussman25

    On CSN Philly they showed him discussing this after the game (rather emotional stuff); my heart really goes out to him both personally and professionally… With this going on and trade rumors swirling around, the fact that he is keeping his composure and playing well speaks volumes about Sam… I am and have been very vocal about my feelings about him as a player; but these events have changed that to an extent; I wish him and his people nothing but luck! Everyone Needs to give (go to your local newspaper or online news site and find out where you can help!) Pray for Haiti!

  • spit hot fiyah

    google it

  • Matt

    Sam you are a class act, I hope the Sixers actually do keep him now, he’s been strong

  • NYC Balla

    Slam here is an article suggestion for you. The burgeonning basketball scene over in Montreal,Canada. Several second generation Haitians whose parents migrated to Canada have made basketball their adoptive sport and the skills are no joke. Joel Anthony, Jamaal Magloire and Samuel Dalembert are just the smoke tom the fire on its way from there. I went over there and was pleasantly surprised. Please investigate as only ya’ll can. Donate for Haiti yall

  • http://www.another48minutes.com Gerard Himself

    Dalembert, but also Mourning and the NBA as a whole has been amazing. I donated a small amount of money too today. Maybe not a whole lot, but every little bit helps folks. Whether you’re an NBA center, or just a guy who’s struggling job-wise like myself. I tip my hat to Sam and everybody who’s trying to help.

  • http://www.realultimatepower.net doyouwantmore

    The Salvation Army is the fastest, most direct way to see an immediate impact from monetary donations. The organization has the least amount of red tape between donor to receiver, an infrastructure already in place, and many people already on the ground.

  • Matty

    The Mormons reacted really fast too! Wow those guys are good!! Anyways. Go Sammy d!!!!!

  • a_whiteman

    jamaal magloire is from toronto, just saying…

  • nyc balla

    I stand corrected homie…thanks

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne