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Health kits for Haiti

HEMMINGFORD, QC - Following the earthquake that devastated Haiti in January, people across the globe have worked to provide relief in any way. Seventeen-year-old Jerika Manning was one such person.

Manning, who is a member of the Mooers United Methodist Church Youth Group Caf , said she was upset when she heard about the Jan. 12 quake.

"I was also upset knowing how far I am from Haiti and that I really couldn't do much to help them out," she explained. "There were a few fundraisers in my college at the time, but I really wanted to do more."

At church, Manning read an insert in the bulletin which suggested ways people could help the people of Haiti. One such way was to put together health kits.

"I asked Pastor Al [Johnson] about the bags and he gave me all the information that he had and told the congregation that I was doing these bags and I got donations instantly," Manning said. "It was really successful."

Johnson said UMC has a world-wide relief agency, United Methodist Committee on Relief, which is able to get into a country after a disaster to provide help.

"They're actually quite highly regarded," Johnson said of the agency. "They were one of the lead agencies after Hurricane Katrina."

The health kits are one of the main types of relief the agency brings after a disaster, which consist of necessities such as soap, toothbrushes, bandages, toothpaste, combs, towels, and washcloths.

"Things that specifically can get into foreign countries and have been approved for transport and won't have trouble getting across customs and so on," Johnson explained.

When Manning decided to put the health kits together, a special collection was taken up at church and she, along with youth group member Andrew DeLong, set out to gather the proper supplies.

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