Saturday, April 30, 2011

Mission Central - Ivory Coast, Tornadoes

Urgent Call Issued For Ivory Coast Layette Kit Supplies
By JUDITH PATTON

Mission Central is urgently seeking layette kit supplies for a shipment to the Ivory Coast to assist displaced people caught in a civil war in that country. "We are in desperate need of supplies for layette kits," said Kathy Briner, director of operations for the Silver Spring Township based ministry. "We are aiming to fill a 40-foot container within two weeks."

The container will be filled with supplies from the ministry's warehouses. In addition to the layette kits, the shipment will include medical supplies; medical equipment; children's and women's clothing; and UMCOR kits. Supplies needed for the layette kits are cloth diapers; onesies or undershirts; infant sized wash cloths; gowns or sleepers; diaper pins; baby sweaters or jackets; receiving blankets. Supplies in kit form or bulk are appreciated. To obtain a list of supplies needed call 717-766-1533. United Methodist Church of the Open Door, Kennett Square, PA is sponsoring this shipment.

The supplies will be sent to Coeur De Femmes in Port-Bouet, Abidjan, Ivory Coast, which is a project for a low- income community-based maternity and primary care center for women and children. Four United Methodist churches in CĂ´te d'Ivoire are assisting displaced people in Abidjan, the country's capital.

Hundreds of people were killed in weeks of fighting between supporters of the country's newly elected president, Alassane Ouattara, and Laurent Gbagbo, the former president he defeated in an election. Ouattara has been installed as the country's president.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief gave a $20,000 emergency grant to support the effort and another $20,000 emergency grant to help feed children.

(Mission Central volunteer Judith Patton is a retired journalist who reported for the Harrisburg PA Patriot-News)
Mission Central Ready to Help In Wake of Tornado Outbreak
Mission Central is ready to send supplies and other materials to UMCOR for distribution to areas hit by the devastating wave of tornadoes this week.

I communicated to Kathy Kraiza, executive director of UMCOR's Sager Brown Depot in Louisiana that we are keeping the folks who were victimized by the tornadoes in our prayers. We are also praying for UMCOR as it responds to this latest humanitarian crisis.

Rob Visscher
Executive Director

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