The founder and CEO of a local private equity firm has arranged for a 53-foot trailer to collect relief supplies for Haiti in the Magnolia Plaza retail center off West Catawba Avenue.
Rich Davis of Davis Capital Group has a personal tie to the earthquake-ravaged country: Twenty years ago, his family adopted a child from Haiti who is Davis' brother, Ricardo.
"When we met Ricardo, he was so sick I would sleep with him on my chest to make sure he was still breathing," Davis said.
"He has been my brother for 20 years. He's what makes this relief effort very personal for me and my family."
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Staffing the trailer are Ricardo, Ricardo's sister, Marjorie, who also is Haitian, and Adrian Ordoqui, director of the Davis Capital Group Charitable Foundation.
The trailer will remain open from 8 a.m. to dark daily until the truck is full.
Suggested donations include tents, bottled water, sheets, inflatable mattresses that use a foot pump (as there is little to no electricity), flashlights, batteries, first aid kits, camping stoves and cookware, and new or gently used summer clothes and flip-flops.
Davis also suggests "ready to eat" foods such as Ensure, protein bars and other highly nutritious, nonperishable items.
"This is classic Rich Davis," said Cornelius Mayor Jeff Tarte. "When he sees a need, whether it's in our back yard or offshore, he just jumps right in and gets things done. We're thrilled to help."
Davis has contacted national and international officials to ensure the container of donations will travel to Haiti without more tariffs. He plans to go to Haiti with his mother, Linda, and Ricardo and Marjorie to distribute the items.
"I live by the rule that to whom much is given, much is expected in return," Davis said. "Many of us in the Lake Norman community have been blessed, and we must give back to those who are in need."
For more details on helping the Haiti relief collection, call Adrian Ordoqui at 704-464-4163.
Founded in 2002, Davis Capital Group leverages the ownership, construction and leasing of commercial real estate projects to benefit investors. Signature projects include Huntersville Town Center, North Lake Business Park and the recently completed Hunstad Center, a professional medical complex just north of Charlotte.