Hurricanes stress Christian aid organization

By September 22, 2004

USA (MNN) — International Aid continues to need relief supplies and financial support for its work in the wake of Hurricane Ivan and other recent hurricanes that have left thousands homeless from Grenada to Gulf Shores, Alabama.

International Aid is working with two partners to help citizens of Grenada, where 90 percent of the population has been affected by Hurricane Ivan. The agency has joined with New York City’s Children of Grenada Project and the Lansing area Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity group to ship blankets, tarps, powdered milk and other humanitarian aid to the devastated country.

In cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention North America Mission Board command center in Atlanta. International Aid has determined the areas of greatest need for its help are the Florida panhandle and southern Alabama. Plans are to send International Aid’s 40-foot truck and a 53-foot truck provided by Midwest Direct Transport of Grandville, Michigan loaded with relief products such as personal care items, over the counter medicines, vitamins and paper towels.

Response to the rapid succession of Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Ivan has depleted International Aid’s relief supplies. The agency has provide nearly $1-million in the wake of the storms. Bulk donations of supplies are needed including over the country medicines, hygiene products such as soap and shampoo, cleaning supplies, baby food, generators and tarps. Other crtical needs are volunteers and financial contributions. International Aid will continue o deploy volunteers to areas hit by Hurricanes Charley and Frances and to help in the wake of Ivan.

International Aid is providing this aid in Christ’s love. The prayer is that many people will get the aid they need, and more importantly they will come to Christ.

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