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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - Hurricane Matthew has the attention of several St. Louis based not for profits. Former Cardinal pitcher Kyle McClellan and pediatrician Dr. Pat Wolff operate charities which focus on children in Haiti, one of the islands hit by the storm Tuesday. Wolff's Meds & Food for Kids as well as the orphanage, Idadee, supported by McClellan are both located near Cap Haitian on the northern coast of Haiti. That area was expected to get strong winds and heavy rain but not the brunt of the full hurricane. Both Wolff and McClellan have been waiting to hear from co-workers on the ground about what the post storm needs might be.

The orphanage is located in the mountains and potential mudslides or road washouts could make it difficult to get to town to purchase food. Wolff's operation includes a factory that produces a vitamin rich peanut paste normally used to feed malnourished babies. However the prepackaged, non-refrigerated food item can serve adults like a military MRE. She said some of the agencies she partners with in other areas of Haiti may need her organization's help.

It could take several days for communication to be reestablished between Haiti and the U.S.