Jan 252010

Not alot going on in the baby front these days. Just humming along, swollen numb hands and all:) Next dr’s appt is Wed where I’ll have my group B strep test and first internal – fun!!:) (sorry TMI!).

I wanted to take a quick second to talk about something non baby related.  I wanted to highlight an organization that has been doing great things for humanitarian relief.

The organization is called  UMCOR.  It is a not-for-profit global humanitarian aid organization of the United Methodist Church that runs a number of relief efforts including collecting money for Haiti as well as providing health kits, layette kits, school supplies and other supplies to ravaged areas in an effort to help ease the suffering.

Check out their blog – lots on there about the efforts in Haiti. 

One of the reasons I’ve chosen to mention this org in the blog is that I believe in what they stand for an appreciate that the money we give to them is passed on 100% to the relief efforts!  In addition to what they do with monetairy donations, the accept donations of good and assemble various “kits”.  The contents of the  “kits” vary depending on the situation and there are currently 8 kits that they assemble and distribute.

Focusing on Haiti and the relief efforts there they’re asking for health kits and layette kits that will be used to supply folks down there with clean towels, soap, blankets, and other basic hygiene items.  

This afternoon I assembled 12 of those health kits!  It was alot of fun trying to find all the pieces (and i’m not saying that sarcastically – I went to two Targets with no luck but still had a blast trying out new stores in our area to find everything!) and now just need to run them over to the local UM Church here who will then be added to other kits being assembled by their congregation and shipped off.

Here’s a pic of the kits as I was assembling:

The health kits cost about $12 to assemble and are sent to areas in need to allow folks to have a towel, toothbrush, soap, etc…to help them feel a little more human!  It’s not a lot but it’s something and it’s so easy to do!  Consider it!

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