GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - When the earthquake hit Haiti late Tuesday afternoon, the peoplefrom Rays of Hope sprang into action.
The Grand Rapids-based organization has provided medicalsupplies and support to the country for years. Now, many of itsstaff are still unaccounted for in the devastated region.
The non-profit group, in its 10th year, is collectingsupplies for earthquake victims. Nonperishable food items includebeans, rice, canned goods, cooking oil, powdered milk, canned milk,peanut butter, salt, over-the-counter medical supplies, bandages,wraps, sheets, blankets, toothbrushes, toothpaste, washcloths andtowels.
"We need oil, and rice," said Kim Sorrelle of Rays of Hope. "We need beans. Thedry beans, powered milk and canned milk. We need canned meats,peanut butter. Those are the food items that will go such a longway and really help people."
People are encouraged to drop off the items for Rays of Hope at 446 Grandville Ave., loadingdock #6, in Grand Rapids. For more information, call (616)206-7948.
Monetary donations can also be dropped off at thesite. Officials said to call first and not to leave money at thedock.
Mailed donations can be sent to: Rays of Hope for Haiti, 946Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507. Donations aretax-deductible.
The Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids is alsocoordinating efforts. They understand parishioners are eager tohelp, but are asking that all donations be made throughout CatholicRelief Services, its international organization with offices on theground in Haiti.
"We try to channel our efforts through them, so in that way wehave people who are expert in the field that know how to deal witha crisis," Bishop Walter Hurley told 24 Hour News 8.
The Diocese is taking up a special collection at all servicesthis weekend that will be sent to Catholic Relief Services.
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