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MCC BC Update on Haiti Relief Efforts

Mennonite Central Committee, a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches, shares God’s love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice. For more information on MCC’s work visit bc.mcc.org

MCC continues to respond in Haiti. We are collecting Relief Kits, heavy blankets and flat sheets to be shipped to Haiti. For a list of kit contents and information about blankets and sheets contact the MCC office 604 850 6629 or 1 888 622 6337 or visit mcc.org/kits

MCC photos available: A young boy wears a bandage over his nose to abate the smell of death that permeates sections of Port-au-Prince. (MCC photo by Ben Depp)

Andrew Nolte, MCC BC Material Resources Assistant, holds a heavy blanket, and example of the blankets that are baled and ready to be shipped. Relief buckets containing towels and hygiene products are also being gathered for shipment to Haiti. (MCC photo by Angelika Dawson) For more information and photos please go to MCC BCclick on the “Haiti earthquake”

URGENT - MCC is looking for structural engineers who could be part of a team to head to Haiti as soon as possible for a 2-4 week time frame. The primary task will be to assess the remaining buildings to determine if they are structurally sound. Please call Sophie Tiessen-Eigbike at MCC BC, phone: 604-850-6639 or email: stiessen-eigbike@mennonitecc.ca to register your availability.

Comforter/Heavy Blanket specifications
Use 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 preferred (please use quilt batting)
Light weight to medium weight also accepted
Knotted with crochet cotton (not more than 10-15cm / 4-8in apart)

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.

Relief Kits
Contents (NEW items only)
4 large bars bath soap (leave in wrapping)
1 plastic bottle shampoo (380-710ml / 13-24oz; place bottle in a re-sealable plastic bag)
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 colors)
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)

Contents can be placed in a box or bag and delivered to the MCC warehouse 31414 Marshall Road in Abbotsford or to the MCC Thrift Shop nearest you.