Send a ‘bucket of hope’ to Haiti

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Texas Baptists can provide buckets of hope to Haitians affected by the Jan. 12 earthquake that rocked the nation.

Texas Baptists is encouraging congregations to collect buckets of food that will be picked up regionally across the state by Texas Baptist Men and its area directors and shipped through the Florida Baptist Convention to hurting and hungry people in Haiti.

The primary needs identified for Haitians right now is access to clean water and food. Texas Baptist Men is tackling a portion of the water issue, installing water purification systems and will soon be distributing water filters that will provide clean drinking water for a family of four for six months.

The “Buckets of Hope” campaign is a tangible way congregations can help provide food for hungry Haitians, said Marla Bearden, who leads Texas Baptists’ church2church partnership disaster response efforts.

“This is a ministry opportunity churches can really wrap their arms around and do something to help the people of Haiti,” she said. “This gives us a chance to roll up our sleeves and do something for the hurting in Haiti.”Each bucket will provide food for one week for a Haitian family.”

The bucket must include specific food items, be packed in a particular manner and include $10 for shipping in order to make sure it quickly passes through customs and is delivered to people affected by the earthquake, Bearden said. Directions for how to put the buckets together can be found at www.texasbaptists.org/bucketsofhope. The buckets can be put together for less than $40 dollars each, including shipping. The site also includes the regional drop off locations.

On a national level, the Buckets of Hope campaign is being coordinated by the Southern Baptist Convention North American Mission Board, Southern Baptist disaster relief groups and the Florida Baptist Convention.

“We want this to bring hope to the people of Haiti and give them a bit of relief,” Bearden said. “Not only can they eat the food, they can keep the buckets and use them.”

For additional information about how to pray, give and serve for and in Haiti, visit www.texasbaptists.org/haitiearthquake. For additional information, call 888-244-9400.

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