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April 16, 2014

More volunteers, donations sought for ‘Victory 4 Haiti’

JOPLIN, Mo. — The second meals-for-Haiti project, scheduled for April 26, is in need of donations and volunteers, organizers say.

“Victory 4 Haiti,” a food-packaging event that will provide meals to the Haitian Christian Mission in the village of Fond-Parisien and elsewhere in Haiti, needs $60,000 to pay for about 280,000 meals.

The meals will allow the mission alone to serve more than 2,500 daily meals to school-age children for approximately 90 days. Each meal consists of rice, chicken flavoring, dried vegetables, soy meal and nutrients.

So far, about $40,000 has been raised and 1,185 people have registered to participate in the event. Organizers are hoping 1,600 volunteers will sign up to fill the remaining three two-hour shifts.

“I have no doubt we will reach our goal,” said organizer Clifford Wert.

Efforts to curb malnutrition in Haiti, the leading cause of death in Haitian children, are proving to be successful in the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake. The Haitian government and its partners ramped up efforts to improve community food and nutrition after the earthquake.

To create the meals, Victory Ministry is working with Lifeline Christian Mission of Westerville, Ohio. For 20 cents per meal, Lifeline will provide all ingredients necessary to create the meals, as well as handle all logistics.

Glen Davidson, with Allgeier, Martin and Associates, said 20 company volunteers will be in attendance. The company also donated $500 to the cause.

“We look for ways to be a part of our community,” Davidson said, adding he also supports Victory Ministry.

Joplin’s first meals for Haiti project took place in April 2011. In that effort, 285,000 meals were created at a cost of 17 cents per meal.

Scott Edwards, owner of Perilous Customs in Carthage, said his family-owned business donated $100 and will have eight members participating in the event.

His two sons, ages 5 and 8, will be packaging meals as well.

“We want to make sure our kids are involved in the community,” Edwards said. “And this is a charity to help beyond the community, too.”

Want to help?

Volunteers can register at www.victoryjoplin.com for the remaining time slots: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., noon to 2 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The project will take place at Victory Ministry and Sports Complex, 3405 S. Hammons Blvd.

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