As events continue to unfold in Haiti, many of us who are cash-poor but pantry-rich have wondered what we can do to help the people of Haiti. There is still time to blog and leave comments on hundreds of blogs — for every link you leave, bloggers from across the country will donate cash to relief organizations.
If you’re in the Portland Metro area, there’s a way to help locally. The Portland-Haiti Relief Container program is accepting donations today and tomorrow (Monday and Tuesday) for a 40-foot container that will be shipped to Haiti. You can read more about how this endeavor developed in the Monday Oregonian (A5). Here’s a list of supplies that are most needed:
- Shoes – all types
- Medical – medical gloves, hand sanitizer, Band-Aids, First Aid Kits, alcohol swabs, antibiotic cream, vaseline, Gauze
- Infant – diapers, wipes, baby bottles, infant formula, powdered milk
- New Toiletries – bar soap, washcloths, toothpaste, new toothbrushes, stick deodorant, hair combs & brushes, lip balm, tissues
- Other – blankets, sheets, new socks, bandanas, generators, flashlights, batteries, candles, bottled water, Pedialyte, Gatorade, rice & beans, crackers, peanut butter
- Feminine Hygene Products
- Peanut Butter, Baby Cereal, Diapers (any size), Baby Wipes, Baby Powder, Diaper Creams
- Mats to lay on
- Large T-shirts
- Small tents
- Ibuprofen, Tylenol, Motrin
- Multivitamins (children and adult)
What we all need to do is go through our stockpile and start filling some boxes. Remember, you got most of this stuff for free and you will be able to get more for free soon. Please do not donate opened toiletries or medical supplies. Used warm climate clothing is fine. Do not bring anything other than what is on this list. We don’t want to burden the organizers and volunteers with what to do with unusable stuff.
There are two locations for drop-off:
:: Main location: Portland Foursquare Church parking lot on the corner of SE 13th & Ankeny St from 10 am – 6 pm
:: Clackamas location: 13072 SE 119th Dr, 97015 — this is one of the organizer’s home so leave it in the plastic tubs in the driveway or on the doorstep.
You can also make a cash donation to cover the shipping costs at any U.S. Bank location (inside most Albertsons). U.S. Bank is matching donations dollar for dollar. The fund is the Portland-Haiti Relief Container Fund.
Once you drop off your donation, please leave a comment on the group’s Facebook page and also on this post as a way to encourage and challenge all of us to give sacrificially out of our incredible abundance.
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