Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Katrina: Medical Benevolence Foundation Health Kits

Medical Benevolence Foundation:
"Medical Benevolence Foundation / Project CURE in partnership with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance will begin providing immediate relief for victims of the ravages of Hurricane Katrina. The doors of the MBF / Project CURE warehouse in Houston are now open to receive Presbyterian Disaster Assistance shipments and boxes.

The needs of the survivors of the storm are great, as most have been left with nothing but their lives. Many are homeless and have no place to live now but in shelters. Presbyterians across the country are already hard at work in ways to help meet the pressing needs of these people. The Medical Benevolence Foundation / Project Cure warehouse will be the drop off center for all personal health kits and Hope in a Box kits that Presbyterian’s are putting together...."

These kits are now being assembled all over the United States, and will be shipped to the MBF warehouse and distributed to those for whom such supplies are desperately needed.

MBF is one of the validated mission support groups of the PC(USA), and is well worth looking into as a means of providing immediate assistance to the victims of Katrina.

It is hard for me to wrap my mind around the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, especially in New Orleans. The total destruction of thousands of homes; a death toll which is still not known for certain; congregations which are scattered all over the map, with little hope of meeting together for several months; school children who need to resume school quickly in different places, needing to provide immunization records and school records which may be difficult or impossible to get.

How can we help?

The Medical Benevolence Foundation suggests the following for people who want to help:
  • Pray for those who have been affected by this tragedy and for those who are responding quickly to His call for action.
  • Prayerfully consider financially supporting the MBF / Project CURE warehouse during its relief efforts in partnership with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. You may give online in support of shipment and supplies. Call 800 547-7627 for more information.
  • Put together health kits for those who are displaced and living in shelters because of Katrina.
MBF has put together a specification for the health kits, which includes instructions for shipping. This is a good project for youth to carry out, as well as any others who feel moved to serve in this way.

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