People all over the world are joining together in efforts to help those suffering from the devastation in Haiti. There are so many ways individuals and groups can help in this effort. My church is having a special service to assemble packages of supplies to ship to Haiti.
The Call to Aid the People of Haiti. As Coordinator of Mission/Outreach in my church, I received a call from my Pastor about what we could do to help the people of Haiti in their time of need. He had received information from Church World Service about assembling necessary supplies to ship to Haiti. Together with the Coordinator for Spiritual Life, in charge of the worship services in our church, we planned for a special Sunday service with the main emphasis being on the assembling of these special packages.
Similarities and Differences of Helping the People of Haiti Compared to Other Missions/Outreach Projects. Most of our Missions/Outreach projects have focused on helping those in need on a local level. The assistance we are offering to send to the people of Haiti isn’t too much different, except for the distance the aid must travel.
Another way in which this missions project is different is we are dedicating an entire worship service to the project. Although we are not physically going to the site where the assistance as needed, as with local projects, the congregation will have some hands-on outreach work assembling the packages and hearing about the needs of the people in Haiti.
Sending Supplies to Help the People of Haiti. The supplies we are donating to the people of Haiti are for a project through Church World Service1. Church World Service accepts monetary donations, and pre-arranged kits2 to be assembled prior to shipping to Church World Service for distribution. The packages can be shipped or taken to a collection facility. These collection facilities are set up around the country, so there may be one close to you.
For my church’s project, Missions/Outreach has donated funds to assemble at least 50 of these supply kits. Our small congregation generally has about 30 members on a given Sunday, so there will be extra for any visitors or those who would like to attend the special service to help the people of Haiti. We will also be accepting and passing along monetary donations as well.
Special Help for this Project in Helping the People of Haiti. This special Haiti service has given me an added bonus. Another Associated Content Contributor, Marie Anne St. Jean3, is traveling to come help me and the church with this effort. Ms. St. Jean has been one of my favorite contributors here at Associated Content for a long time now, and it is an honor and a privilege to be able to work with her on this endeavor to help the people of Haiti. Marie Anne St. Jean has also written several articles in an effort to bring awareness and assistance to the people of Haiti, and you can access those articles from her contributor page.
The project our church is doing is just one way to help the people of Haiti in their time of need. You will find many more articles here on Associated Content on ways you can help in this effort individually or in groups. Please help the people of Haiti in their time of need.
1) Church World Service; Haiti Earthquake – Information and Resources; Church World Service
2) Church World Service; Church World Service Kits; Church World Service
3) Associated Content; Marie Anne St. Jean’s Contributor Page; Associated Content