2 Orphans From Haiti Start Anew In Minn.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Out of great tragedy in Haiti have come great stories of survival and humanity.

One year after an earthquake devastated the nation, killing more than 300,000 people by some estimates, some are getting a fresh start in Minnesota.

Two orphaned children arrived at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport early Wednesday morning and were promptly welcomed into the family of Bill and Mary Kratz, of Stillwater, Minn. They have been working on this adoption for the last 10 months.

The 7-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl stepped off the plane at 12:30 a.m. They arrived from Miami, Fla., so the temperature difference was striking.

“It’s so cold, his teeth are chattering,” said Bill Kratz. “You need more than a hoodie here.”

Mary Kratz met with the children in Florida with an interpreter. She arrived with the children at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport early Wednesday.

The rest of the family, which includes seven other children, welcomed them with balloons and hugs.

“It’s hard to conceive of a country or a city or anything losing 10 percent of their population, and have 1.5 million people displaced, and still displaced a year after the event,” said Bill Kratz.

The Kratz family says there are four other families at their church waiting to adopt children from Haiti.

WCCO-TV’s Holly Wagner Reports

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  • Rob Wagner

    Mr Kratz must have a good job, 7 kids and adopted 2 more from Haiti.

    • Hausfrau26

      I know the family well and he has an average job just like most of the Americans who have a big heart for children and want to adopt. He had been out of a job for quite some time too. He is very thankful for the job he has now. Mrs. Kratz budgets very well for their needs.

    • Mar

      Seems they’ve given up the little girl already. So sad!

  • Knep dig selv

    Gee, that is so gosh darn nice. Hey, I have an idea how about taking some of the homeless in THIS country and helping them? Wait, that won’t make news will it. Want to help someone … look in your own home town.

    • Adoptive Mom

      Knep dig selv, My guess is that you do not have a homeless person living with YOU either. You have not seen poor until you have visited a 3rd world country with no social welfare system to help the helpless. A child in need is a child in need regardless of the country to which they are born. Educate yourself on the topic, you may be surprised at what you discover.

      • JEANIE

        We;; saod Adoptive Mom!! Does it really matter where a child is from? They deserve a chance in life. Wonderful people do wonderful things for others.

    • Hausfrau26

      I guess I’m not sure why you are letting the media determine what is important in the world. Whether an idea or story makes the news doesn’t belittle all of the amazing, wonderful ideas and stories that are happening right now that are not being reported on. The majority of news reports are negative, sad, and repulsive. I would challenge you to do something for the homeless this year as Adoptive Mom said. Have you served in a soup kitchen lately? Or helped sort clothing at a food shelf/clothing donation shelter? Maybe going down to Feed My Starving Children would be a place to start? The power of one.

  • Changed

    @Knep dig selv your comments are senseless… Matter of fact every human being has their own way of during things. Yes, we have lot of homeless people in this country, but do you what make them homeless?

  • Kevin

    Minnesota nice! Behold the next wave of immigrants to fill the streets of Minnesota…..

    • max

      Girl, sit down.

  • Carrie

    The thing about Homeless people in our own country USA is that they HAVE opportunities, they have shelter options, they have jod finding assistace, even health and dental options depending on their location. I do agree there could be more help here and that some people really do need help…in addition, other homeless people here are too dependant on alcohol and drugs to effectivly benefit from the help of others, further there are too many people here that USE the system that dont need it. Adoption of children into loving homes of people who are able to care for and give attention to their children is a huge blessing, no matter where the children are from.

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