By Andra Bryan Stefanoni
PITTSBURG, Kan. — Debbie Brock first helped the children of Haiti about 30 years ago as a missionary, so when news broke about relief efforts after last week’s earthquake, she knew she wanted to help.
Her opportunity came when Mark Schifferdecker, with Girard National Bank, called to request the use of the Names and Numbers corporate jet to deliver medical supplies to Haiti. Brock, vice president of Names and Numbers, a telephone directory company, and her husband, Ken, said “yes.”
The jet transported 600 pounds of supplies to Haiti last weekend, said Erin Sullivan, who is handling the company’s relief efforts.
She said the supplies will be used by Dr. Jim and Sandy Wilkins, of Girard, who for the past 11 years have worked at Haiti Health Ministries near the capital of Port-au-Prince.
The Peacemaking Committee at the Presbyterian Church of Pittsburg is collecting hygiene kits on behalf of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. John Robb, committee chairman, said members have collected 40 kits so far, along with items that can go toward assembling more kits.
“Our first goal is 100,” Robb said. “We are going to collect at least through February. The need will be ongoing.”
K-Kids, a service-oriented group of fourth- and fifth-graders at Lakeside Elementary School, has been assisting the church with the kits. Club sponsor Babs Tims said the youngsters have collected more than $200 and 15 completed bags, plus additional supplies.
The Pittsburg Noon Rotarians responded with the donation of 13 Pur Waterboxes. Each Waterbox can purify 5,072 16-ounce bottles of water.
“It seems the biggest concern right now is potable water,” said Bobby Winters, club president. “These boxes were specifically designed for these types of emergencies, and should bring some immediate relief to families and aid workers affected by the earthquake.”
People may donate to help pay for medical supplies through Names and Numbers at 1225 E. Centennial Ave., Pittsburg. Donations may be made directly to Haiti Health Ministries at P.O. Box 175, Girard, KS 66743, or by credit card via PayPal at www.namesandnumbers.com.
People may contribute hygiene kits or money for kits at the Presbyterian Church of Pittsburg’s office, Sixth and Pine streets, through February. Details: 620-231-2920 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Andra Bryan Stefanoni
- Local News
VIDEO: Train mail car trailered on Joplin's Main Street to Redings Mill
With a police escort leading the way Monday, postal car No. 34 breezed through downtown Joplin en route to its new home in Redings Mill, where it was greeted by a welcome party of local residents and railroad enthusiasts.
Governor tells educators GOP ‘abandoning’ education system
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon called on the state’s education leaders Tuesday to hold Republican legislators accountable for polices he labeled as “abandoning” the state’s education system.
Mike Pound: Center for abused children sees heaviest case load in 17 years
Not too long ago, the board of directors of the Children’s Center of Southwest Missouri was given some information that it didn’t exactly know how take.
Riverton School Board sending letter of opposition on Galena landfill plan
During a special Board of Education meeting Tuesday night in Riverton, members discussed the district’s involvement in preventing a proposed landfill from being built about two miles from the school.
Fired McDonald County chief deputy charged with tampering
A Missouri State Highway Patrol probe of the McDonald County sheriff’s office has led to the former chief deputy being accused of tampering with evidence and raised questions about a possible cover-up.
VIDEO: African art collection found in stairwell ‘tomb’ at MSSU
It wasn’t exactly like opening King Tut’s tomb, but the treasures found inside were priceless just the same. After taking over as head of the art department at Missouri Southern State University, Christine Bentley wanted to assess the department’s African art holdings.
4.3 magnitude quake reported in northern Oklahoma
The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.3 struck northern Oklahoma on Monday night.
Update: 4 workers injured in SE Kansas oil refinery fire
A Texas company says four workers at a southeast Kansas oil refinery were burned in an early morning fire.
Judge lifts seal on records in Parsons quadruple slaying
A judge has rescinded his order sealing court records in the case of David Bennett Jr., who is accused of killing a Parsons woman and her three children.
Seneca man draws concurrent term in sexual abuse case
A 39-year-old man who sexually abused a girl over a four-year period in both Joplin and Seneca received a 15-year sentence Monday in Newton County that will run concurrently with a term he received earlier this year in Jasper County.
- More Local News Headlines
- VIDEO: Train mail car trailered on Joplin's Main Street to Redings Mill