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Warners: Mission to Haiti

Local United Methodist churches plan May trip to quake-stricken area

More relief is on its way to post-quake Haiti, with a very active group of people from area United Methodist churches who are headed there in the next few weeks.

The group will be on the ground in this beleaguered nation between May 26 and June 2 providing aid in areas of construction/demolition, childcare and education along with medical assistance. This team is part of a larger pilot program focusing on housing, health, education and pastoral services. The United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) will attach 15 to 20 Haitians to their team.

One of the construction crew, Tom House, is affiliated with the local EJ Thomas United Methodist Men, which is made up of members from Bowens Corners, Granby Center, Little Utica and Warners United Methodist churches. House is a member of Warners United Methodist Church.

The work that this group will be involved in will consist primarily of demolition where rubble needs to be cleared before any new structures can be built. Another team of experts in children's education will work with children there. The medical component will be doing basic health assessment and treating what they are able.

This group will need to bring most of their own provisions including medical supplies to treat themselves if needed. Donations of over-the-counter medications would be much appreciated. The types of products needed are Tylenol for adults, multi-vitamins for adults and children and anti-allergy medications. At this time, liquid medications will not be useful due to their weight and likelihood of spilling. They are also collecting items to provide the children such as coloring books, crayons, etc.

Donations can be made to Warners United Methodist Church on Canton Street in Warners or Little Utica United Methodist Church on Lamson Road in Phoenix. For more information, call Donald Day at 598-6327.

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