January 20, 2009
- Dan Dyck, with reports
from Mennonite Central Committee
Winnipeg, Man. — News of a significant
aftershock – some
are calling it another earthquake – is in the news about Haiti
today. There is no word yet on the effect. Nevertheless, the death toll
continues to climb, with some media outlets reporting over 70,000 bodies
Mennonite Church Canada enjoys a strong partnership with its
relief and development agency, Mennonite Central Committee. Below is
an update requesting help with relief kits, comforters, and sheets, along
with instructions on how readers can help.
Concerned and compassionate
individuals and congregations are invited to respond to this request,
and pray for families of victims and all aid workers.
MENNONITE CENTRAL COMMITTEE (MCC)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MCC asks for relief kits, comforters, sheets for Haiti
By Linda Espenshade
Jan. 19, 2009
AKRON, Pa. – In addition to donations
of money, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is asking the public to supply
20,000 relief kits, 10,000 heavy comforters and 10,000 sheets to be sent
to Haitian earthquake survivors.
The supplies will help relieve the discomfort
and suffering of Haitians who are sleeping on streets and in open areas
because their homes are destroyed or because they don’t trust the
safety of the buildings that remain.
MCC’s staff in Haiti and the
initial support response team that arrived there Saturday are requesting
these supplies as one way MCC can respond to the needs they see around
Relief kits include personal hygiene supplies, laundry soap, towels
and bandages. People who donate kits are asked to provide complete kits
with only the specific items on the list of relief kit supplies that can
be found at mcc.org/kits.
The relief kits can be packed in a box or bag
and delivered to any of the drop-off locations in Canada or the United
States listed at mcc.org/kits/dropofflocations by Feb. 28. MCC will then
repackage the kits in new, five-gallon buckets.
Heavy comforters and sheets
also are being accepted at any drop-off location until Feb. 28.
that the comforters be new and filled with quilt batting or a blanket for
extra warmth. Twin-size comforters are preferred, but double/full-size
comforters are accepted. Specific requirements are online at mcc.org/kits.
Flat sheets, which also will be used as mosquito netting, can be double-,
queen- or king- size. Sheets, with at least a 300-thread count, should
be new, cotton and light-colored, which is not as attractive to mosquitoes.
MCC is grateful for the generous financial gifts that people have given
to MCC for the people of Haiti, starting just hours after the 7.0 earthquake
devastated the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
Some of those
funds are already at work in Haiti, being used to purchase food and supplies
that are available there. MCC is airlifting 70,000 pounds or 31,750 kg
of canned meat and 1,000 water filters into Haiti as soon as possible.
Another shipment of at least the same amount of meat, probably more, will
be sent by sea. MCC is also purchasing thousands of tents and tarps.
is planning a multimillion dollar response over a number of years, focusing
on rebuilding homes and livelihoods.
Donations to MCC’s response
in Haiti are welcome. They should be designated Haiti Earthquake. Donations
can be made online at mcc.org or
by telephone, toll free, 1-888-622-6337 (Canada) or 1-888-563-4676 (U.S.).
By mail, donations may be sent to MCC and MCC U.S., P.O. Box 500, Akron,
PA 17501 or any provincial office in Canada.
NOTE: See below for lists of supplies needed.
relief kits include:
- 4 large bars bath soap (leave in wrapping)
- 1 plastic
bottle shampoo (380-710ml / 13-24oz; place bottle in a re-sealable plastic
- 4 large bars of laundry soap (Some stores carry Fels Naptha, Sunlight
or Zote brands; contact your local MCC warehouse with questions)
- 1 squeeze-tube
toothpaste (minimum 130ml / 6oz; leave in box)
- 4 adult-size toothbrushes
(leave in packaging)
- 4 new bath towels (medium weight, dark or bright
- 2 wide-tooth combs (6 to 8in / 15 to 20cm)
- 1 fingernail clipper
- 1 box adhesive bandages (minimum 40, assorted)
- 1 package sanitary pads
(18-24 thin maxi)
Place contents in a box or bag and deliver to one of
the drop-off locations in Canada or the U.S.* MCC will repack the kits
in a new 5-gallon plastic pail with lid.
new or nearly new material
- Single/twin-size preferred (approx. 152cm
x 203 cm / 60in x 80in). Double/full-size accepted (approx. 208cm x 228cm
/ 82in x 90in)
- Winter weight requested (please use quilt batting or a
blanket for filler)
- Knotted with crochet cotton (not more than 10-15cm
/ 4-8in apart)
- New, double-, queen- or king-size, flat
- 300 thread count or higher
- Light colors
* Please deliver
to any drop-off location, listed at mcc.org/kits/dropofflocations, by