Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.
The Ebola outbreak continues to sweep across West Africa. It has spread from Guinea to Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria and Senegal. According to the World Health Organization, 4,000+ people are infected with the deadly virus. 2,100+ have already died and these numbers are only expected to rise. The outbreak has closed markets and schools, and forced many public gatherings to be canceled. Transmission of the Ebola virus is spread through direct, physical contact with the bodily fluids of people who have been infected with or died from the disease.
The Sierra Leone Initiative of the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church is in regular contact with Bishops from Sierra Leone and Liberia. Currently, there is a need to build tents and isolation units, provide personal protective equipment for medical workers, and training for health staff.
In response to this outbreak, the United Methodist Disaster Warehouse in Decatur in partnership with Mission Central, will collect the following items:
- Heavy Duty Latex Gloves (Hospital Grade)
- Rubber Boots
- Clorox Products
- KleenGuard Breathable Liquid & Particle Protection Coveralls
- Face Masks (Hospital Grade)
- Backpack Garden Sprayers
We are also collecting monetary donations for shipping and purchasing supplies. Be sure to include “Ebola Relief” in the memo line of checks. Send these to U. M. Disaster Warehouse, P.O. Box 1133, Decatur, AL 35602.
These donations will help medical personnel in West African countries treat patients affected by Ebola, but also help prevent the spread of this deadly disease. Donated items can be dropped off at the U.M. Disaster Warehouse, 3200 Hwy 31 S, Building F, Decatur, AL before Monday, September 29, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
We will ship to Mechanicsburg, Penn., the next day and on Thursday, they are to go to Africa.
Anyone with any questions can call the U. M. Disaster Warehouse at 256-341-9961.
United Methodist Disaster Warehouse