Personal Gifts for ravaged Haiti

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June 14, 2013
 
Dear patrons, friends, neighbors, 
   Melanie DiPasquale, owner of Beans in the Belfry, and her 15 year old son Nicholas, will leave for a week long Service Mission to Haiti on June 22 .  It will be anything but relaxation in the tropical sun, but daily service projects   including construction labor along side locals, and a children’s and orphanage Haiti camps   ministry. Accommodations and sanitation will be primitive, lacking even the simplest of our modern conveniences.

 

   It’s been three years since the earthquake hit Haiti in January 2010, when an estimated 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings collapsed leaving many Haitians homeless, 350,000 dead and many orphaned without care. Help is still desperately needed in Haiti which is currently the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, ranking 204 out of 227 in the world.

 

   Melanie and Nick will be able to take along only one piece of checked luggage and this they plan to fill with desperately needed “over the counter” medicines and personal care items.  If you would like to help, there will be a suitcase at Beans in the Belfry to collect such items (in original packaging, please), as aspirin, Bactine,  Benadryl, band aids, insect repellant, feminine hygiene products, Haiti - children fetching water   baby wipes etc, etc, the sort of thing you might find in your own bathroom cabinet.   

 

   Special treats to delight the kids are hair bands, barrettes, nail polish (popular with girls and boys), kids’ underwear, yarn, school supplies, card games, crayons etc. 

 

   If you prefer to give cash (please see our barista), they will use it to cover the exorbitant luggage transfer fee and to purchase additional items described above.

 

   Please join us in wishing them well in their endeavor and we hope for their  safe and healthy return.

 

   Your friends at Beans in the Belfry Meeting Place and Cafe

   www.beansinthebelfry.com