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John H. Miller Jr., of Adamstown, Pa., stamps boxes of canned meat being prepared to ship out of the country from MCC's Material Resource Center in Ephrata, Pa., Jan. 18. Two shipping containers of canned meat will be airlifted to Haiti as part of MCC's response to the earthquake. (MCC photo by Silas Crews)

John H. Miller Jr., of Adamstown, Pa., stamps boxes of canned meat being prepared to ship out of the country from MCC's Material Resource Center in Ephrata, Pa., Jan. 18. Two shipping containers of canned meat will be airlifted to Haiti as part of MCC's response to the earthquake. (MCC photo by Silas Crews)

MCC asks for relief kits, comforters, sheets for Haiti

Linda Espenshade
January 19, 2010

 
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 them.
 
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.
 
MCC asks 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.
 
MCC 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 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.