Friday, January 22, 2010

Help for Haiti


Generally this blog is about literacy. But every now and then I blog about other important topics. This is one.

If you're like me, you might have wondered what you can possibly do to provide assistance in the wake of the disaster in Haiti. This week I found an answer in Donna Earnhardt's blog. She wrote about the health kits that UMCOR is assembling and distributing. Here are the instructions:

For individuals or groups that want to contribute basic necessities, UMCOR requests that the following NEW items be placed in a sealed one-gallon plastic bag.

1 hand towel (15” x 25” up to 17” x 27”. No kitchen towels.
1 washcloth
1 comb (large and sturdy, not pocket-sized)
1 nail file or fingernail clippers (no emery boards or toenail clippers)
1 bath-size bar of soap (3 oz. and up)
1 toothbrush (single brushes only in original wrapper, no child-size brushes)
6 adhesive plastic strip sterile bandages
$1.00 to purchase toothpaste
(NOTE: Toothpaste is purchased in bulk to be added to health kits to ensure that the product does not expire before they are sent.)

Because the emergency kits are carefully planned to make them usable in the greatest number of situations and strict rules govern product entry into international countries, UMCOR requires that the kits contain only the requested items – nothing more. In Charlotte, NC you can drop off assembled kits at: Mount Olivet UMC, 301 Mount Olivet Road, Concord, NC or at St. Stephen's United Methodist. Shipping instructions are also online here.

If my 85-year-old mother can assist in providing help to Haiti, what can you do?

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3 comments:

WordWrangler said...

LOVE THESE PICTURES! and I love this post. Thank you so much for your help in this endeavor. Be blessed, my friend!! (I'm praying for the Lord to bless our endeavors and multiply the blessing as the kits reach Haiti!)

Hugs,
Donna

WordWrangler said...

update: we boxed up over 2,000 kits today at our church! Folks from all over stepped up and brought supplies. God is good!

There might be even more tomorrow - so we'll see if we have to up the count! :)

thank you for sharing this info, my friend. Be blessed!

hugs,
Donna

Carol said...

very cool. Let's hope and pray it makes a dent in these people's lives. It's hard to imagine the life they are living.