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Church helping flood victims

School and office supplies, clothing needed to send to Haiti

School and office supplies, clothing needed to send to Haiti

October 21, 2004|by MARLO BARNHART

When the parishioners of St. Ann Catholic Church heard about the devastating floods and mudslides in Haiti from Tropical Storm Jeanne in mid-September, they mobilized.

Since 1999, St. Ann has had a connection with the Diocese of Gonaives where Jeanne did so much damage. Several parishioners have volunteered in Haiti the past five years.

Father Richard Murphy, pastor of St. Ann, has visited Haiti twice and baptized more than 300 children there. A sister parish, St. Claire in the town of Dessalines, is only about 10 miles from the city of Gonaives.

Almost 3,000 people died in the floods. More than 300,000 were left homeless.

The immediate needs after the disaster were for food, water, shelter and medical assistance, and St. Ann parishioners responded.

All the schools in Gonaives were destroyed by the floodwaters. To help the schools recover and reopen as quickly as possible, St. Ann will be collecting school supplies to ship to Gonaives.

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To participate in this collection, drop off school supplies at St. Ann Parish Center, 1525 Oak Hill Ave., after all Masses on the weekends of Oct. 30-31 and Nov. 6-7.

Items needed include pens, pencils, erasers, colored pencils, crayons, rulers, book bags, pencil sharpeners, chalkboard chalk and erasers, paper, notebooks, T-shirts and shorts for boys and girls ages 3 through 16, shoes for boys and girls.

All clothing must be clean and in good shape.

Also needed are office supplies, file folders, legal pads, copy paper, staplers, scissors, computers with monitor and printer, and photocopiers in working condition.

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