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Helping Haiti Today

 

health kits for haiti

I’ve been getting calls from area residents who want to send supplies to Haiti. Right now, most of these efforts are noble but impractical. It’s still tricky to get supplies into the island nation. But relief agencies are collecting health kits, zipper baggies filled with toothbrushes, washcloths, nail clippers and soap, among other supplies.

Want to help? Fredericksburg All Ages is collecting and assembling these kits today. Donate supplies by 2 p.m. Stop by at noon to help assemble kits. Bring supplies or volunteer at 208 William Street.

Here’s a list of what’s needed: (all of the items have to be NEW):

* hand towels (15" x 25" up to 17" x 27", No kitchen towels)

* washcloths

* combs (large and sturdy, not pocket-sized)

* nail files or fingernail clippers (no emery boards or toenail clippers)

* bath-size bars of soap (3 oz. and up)

* toothbrush (single brushes only in original wrapper, No child-size brushes)

* adhesive plastic strip sterile bandages

Can’t get the supplies downtown today? Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Stafford will collect the same items through Thursday, drop off 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the church, 161 Embrey Mill Road in Stafford. Want more details? Go online, email layleader@ebenezerumc.org or call 703/497-7878.

Wilderness Community Church in Spotsylvania County is also collecting and assembling health kits. To help:

  1. You can make a financial gift that will purchase the materials to be assembled into a health kit. The estimated cost for each health kit is $14.00. If you would like to make such a financial contribution, make your check payable to Wilderness Community Church and designate it for Health Kits.
  2. You can donate materials for health kits that will be assembled by others. A list of the contents of a health kit are listed below. For example, you could buy a number of hand towels and contribute them. If you will do this, deliver such contributions by Friday, January 22, at 7 p.m.
  3. You can assemble a health kit yourself and then deliver the health kits you assemble to the church for shipment with others that will be donated. Deliver your assembled health kits to the church by Sunday, January 24, duringCelebration Services.

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