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Buckets of Hope must be returned by March 4

By The Staff

If you’ve wondered how you could help disaster victims in Haiti, the Crittenden Baptist Association has the answer.

The association, composed of 29 Southern Baptist churches from Grant, Harrison, Pendleton, Boone and Kenton counties, is collecting money through the “Buckets of Hope” campaign.

Each bucket and its content will cost $30 to assemble. An additional $10 cash donation per bucket is also needed to help offset the cost of transporting the buckets to Haiti.

“It’s just a way for us to help out in this time of need,” said Brother Greg Nimmo, the director of missions for the Crittenden Baptist Association.

The buckets will contain non-perishable food items such as rice, beans, flour and peanut butter. Detailed instructions for the project are available at www.kybaptist.org/dr.

The buckets have been distributed to area churches and will be collected by March 4 back to the association.

“Individuals can also put together a bucket and bring it in,” Nimmo said.

After the buckets have been collected, they will be taken to Miami where they will be packed into cargo containers and shipped to Haiti.

The Crittenden Baptist Association also collected 14 skids of medical supplies including  medical scrubs, hospital gowns, blankets and towels and first aid supplies.

These were taken to the Crusades for Christ ministry in London, Ky. The ministry, led by evangelist Joe Mobley, has a long-standing relationship with the people of Haiti. The supplies are aimed for a maternity hospital on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, as well as several orphanages.

The American Red Cross is also accepting monetary donations for the residents of Haiti.

“Our chapter is not currently accepting clothing,” said coordinator Diana Morgan. “We are encouraging people to make a donation.”

Donations can be sent to the Cincinnati Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, Attn. International Disaster Relief Fund, 3567 Solutions Center, Chicago, Ill. 60677-3005.

For more information go to www.cincinnatiredcross.org.

Local funeral director

on standby

Dennis Stanley, of Elliston-Stanley Funeral Home, is waiting to learn whether he’ll be called to work in Haiti.

Stanley is a member of DMORT, the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, a federal response team under the direction of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

He has been a member since 1983 and was called to help with victim identification following Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita.