Clayton Mission Volunteer in Haiti Requests Donations & Supplies

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Photo from GeoEye and BBC News

A member of Horne Memorial United Methodist Church in Clayton who is on her 43rd mission trip to Haiti continues to send e-mail messages about the devastation and needs on this poor Caribbean nation following earthquake damage.

Helen Little, 77, is on a Mission to Haiti team out of Miami, Fla. She has written that she and five other people with her are safe: Linda Mitchell and Joan Gregg from Epworth UMC in Durham and Darlene Lee, Steve Wales and Ann Collier from Whitley Memorial in Smithfield.

The Rev. Dr. Sam Dixon, a clergy member of the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and head of the United Methodist Committee on Relief, is also in Haiti. He was on his way to the airport in Port-Au-Prince when the earthquake occurred. No word has been received about his safety.

The Mission to Haiti team is outside Port-Au-Prince near the airport. Little said the destruction is extensive and there are many deaths. The team she is with includes medical personnel. They are providing all the assistance they can but are running short of medical and other supplies.

The team leader has sent an e-mail that he has talked with the Coast Guard in Miami and hopes they can deliver supplies.

Haiti Earthquake Photo from GeoEye

Photo from GeoEye

Little requested specific supplies, donations, and prayers. Donations can be made to assist Haiti through designated contributions at any United Methodist Church. Write Haiti on the memo line or write Advance # 418325. On-line donations can be made at or by calling the Advance office (212-870-3790).

Horne Memorial in Clayton is collecting supplies and has arranged for a private flight to leave for Haiti on Thursday morning. Medical supplies are the immediate need on this flight. Clothing is not needed at this time. Items for Horne should be delivered to Carolina Graphic Printing at 501 Atkinson Street, Clayton. Volunteers are also needed to work with the supplies.

Supplies can also be delivered to MERCI, the conference disaster relief warehouse at 676 Community Drive in Goldsboro. Supplies to Horne that do not get on the flight to Haiti will be taken to MERCI for shipment.

Immediate medical supplies requested from physicians on the team are:

  • Plastic or Fiberglass Casting
  • Suture 3-0,4-0 Nylon
  • Suture Instrument Kits
  • Betadine
  • 4×4 Dressing
  • Roll Gauze
  • Web Roll for Casting
  • Saline IV and Irrigation
  • Injectible Pain Medication
  • Injectible Antibiotics IV and IM Rocephin, Ancef, Kflex
  • External Fixture
  • Tools to put the in (tool boxes)
  • Traction Bows and Pins

Non-medical needs include:

  • Blankets
  • Sheets
  • Towels
  • Wash Clothes
  • Health Kits*
  • Food
  • Tarps

*A Health Kit contains specific items:

  • 1 hand towel (15” x 25” up to 17” x 27”)
  • 1 wash cloth
  • 1 comb (large and sturdy, not pocket-sized)
  • 1 nail file or fingernail clippers (no emery boards or toenail clippers)
  • 1 bath-size bar of soap (3 oz and up)
  • 1 toothbrush (single brush only in original wrapper; no child-sized brushes)
  • 1 large tube of toothpaste
  • 6 adhesive plastic strip sterile bandages

All items should be placed inside a sealed one-gallon plastic bag. No other items should be included in the Health Kit.

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  • Karla Alvarado

    Hello My name is Karla Alvarado Im am trying to get more information on how to volunteer. I am a Medical Assistant here in florida. I am trying to get information on how to help if more medical personal is needed. Please contact me by email if you have any idea were I can call to offer my help

  • Leslie Sinclair

    Is there any update on Sam yet? We are anxiously awaiting news…..

  • Becky G.

    One of the immediate non-medical needs is food. What type of food is requested at this time? Will canned goods will be too heavy to transport once on land and difficult for them to open? Would boxed and bagged items (dried beans, rice, etc.) be preferred?

  • Susan C

    Hey Karla > The global UMC hotline may be able to you, they’re very helpful folk =

  • marie louine

    My name is Marie Louine. I’m a Haitian American who presently leaves in Atlanta Ga. i would like to volunteer to the victims in haiti. I have a nursing and education background. Please let me know how can I help.

  • Pat L

    Rev. Alan Swartz from Horne Memorial today said the best idea was beans and rice. That’s what our church is planning to collect .

  • Derek


    Have you seen the latest post on our page? There has been information released about Sam.

  • Julisa S Marquez

    My name is Julisa S Marquez… I am a Certified Medical Assistant in Miami and I would like to know how can I do to go and help people down there in Haiti… send me an email, I am able to help…

  • Rhonda Perdue

    I read that you need volunteers to work with supplies. Where do we go and what hours are you working?

  • Tom Hroza

    I think the most urgent needs seem to be medical supplies. Collect and deliver to designated sites. Food and water are being taken care of by US Military and other full time food ministries. I would send money to “Stop Hunger Now” or another food ministry and see if I could organize an event to package meals for them or raise money. These people have the logistics in place to get the job done. Can goods are heavy and expensive to ship. I wouild not collect them at this time. They also require some amount of preparation and with no power this would be difficult. A meal ready to eat (MRE) is usually enough calories for whole day and has all components needed in the one package. Clothes are not needed now.