Buckner and BCFS offer Haiti relief

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Buckner is preparing four containers filled with new shoes and emergency food and hygiene items collected by their humanitarian aid center to send to Haiti. The containers are provided by GAiN (Global Aid Network), another U.S.-based aid organization that has providing containers for Buckner’s shoes drives.  

Randy Daniels, vice president of Global Operations for Buckner, said the organization needs to raise $5,000 per container to provide the shipping costs of the four containers. Buckner is sending the containers to contacts in the Dominican Republic where they then will be taken into Haiti.

The organization is accepting donations of new tents, blankets, personal care items, first aid kits and new shoes and socks.  These donations can be delivered to the Buckner Center of Humanitarian Aid to schedule drop-offs by calling 2140 in The Buckner Center for Humanitarian Aid is located at 5405 Shoe Drive, Mesquite, Texas 75149. Buckner is taking deliveries of requested items from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Buckner is also working with its international adoption affiliate, Dillon International, to collect funds to bring medical relief. Deniese Dillon, executive director of Dillon International, said donations were being sent to Dillon and Buckner to be forwarded to Gladys Thomas’s Hope Hospital, which has received many casualties from the quakes.

“We’ve worked with Gladys for 25 years,” Dillon said. “Our background has been placing orphan children from her Hope Hospital and Haiti Home for Children with adoptive families.” Gladys Thomas also serves as director for Dillon’s Haitian adoption programs.”

The funds will be used to offset the needs Hope Hospital will meet over the next several weeks.

Dillon said “Gladys will be bringing people to her hospital and she’ll be overflowing with victims. We’re collecting funds to purchase gasoline for the generators, food and additional medical supplies.”

Dillon said she had spoken to Thomas Wednesday morning and “learned that the Children’s Village and Hope Hospital are okay. There has been some flooding and one of the walls on a building collapsed, and many people are gathering in this location but otherwise all is well. The Village (orphanage) has food, but the children are scared. There will be many people throughout the Haitian community that will continue to come to Hope Hospital looking for care…it is already very full with earthquake victims.”

To give to Buckner, visit www.buckner.org.

Baptist Child and Family Services has prepared resources to send to Haiti including 300 emergency management and medical personnel as well as much-needed medical equipment. The group and resources are waiting for instructions from the State of Texas and are prepared to be deployed within 48 hours.

A statement on the ministries Web site said that BCFS’s “role in response efforts will include establishing two 500-bed Hospital Alternate Care Facilities in Haiti. These facilities will be completely self-contained and self-sufficient, operating off generator power and manned by a team of medical professionals that include physicians, nurses, pharmacists, paramedics and more.”

To support the BCFS Haiti relief efforts, click here.

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