Haiti Baby Formula Blitz!!!
We need to Bring Hope 2 these mothers and their baby’s!!
In follow-up from the March 4th article “County-wide Relief Train ships supplies to Haiti”, is gaining momentum. The first (we believe of many) container left Sun Prairie for St. Marc, Haiti, Saturday, Feb. 27th and is scheduled to be there when the Madison team arrives. The “Relief Train” is now running full steam ahead with a second container underway for a special heart-felt need, as we respond to the desperate cry of mothers and their babies who are suffering and starving from dehydration and malnutrition. In a meeting with Buy the government and UN leaders this past week, YWAM Haiti learned that baby formula is an urgent and critical need right now!! Mothers are not lactating do to the shock from the devastating earth quake, dehydration and malnutrition, and as a result these despairing mothers and their babies are suffering and starving. In the coming weeks we will be quickly collecting as much baby formula, 8 ounce baby bottles with standard nipples, and bottle brushes to help meet the needs of these starving babies. Rick and Karen Klemp, founders of “Hope 2 Others” non-profit organization, have been in partnership with the starting and leadership of the “Relief Train”, in an effort to bring relief to the earthquake struck country of Haiti. As Karen found out about the incredible and horrific state of these suffering babies and their mothers, she immediately went into action to help bring aid to for this desperate situation. Karen is a RN in the NICU-Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Meriter Hospital and works with the premature and sick newborns. At work Karen is frantically collecting baby bottles, and donated items to help these babies in Haiti, as Karen, Rick and their daughter Kaitlyn, leave in less than 2 weeks on a mission trip to Haiti. The staff she works with has rallied with her in this effort, and is helping to collect all they are able. Karen is also working on efforts to help with a re-lactation program for the mothers to help in reestablishing their breast milk supply with the support of the Lactation Consultant RN’s she works with in the NICU as well as advise from the NICU’s Nutritionist. Karen is praying that her 5 short days of work will touch the lives of many mothers and babies, and bring them a new hope and miracles that only God can do. Karen believes that she and the team are messengers sent by God to do His work. We just want to be the hands and feet of Jesus. While we work and treat, God will do the healing of the hearts and bodies of the Haitian people. We just need to be obedient. We all (the entire team of 33 people) have special gifts and talents, and look forward to serving these beautiful people of Haiti that we have not yet even met, but whom we already love. What a blessed way to serve God and His people during this Holy Week of Easter. With a humble heart and yet great anticipation, we will be expecting miracles and God’s resurrection power for the people of Haiti.
The team of 33 people from the Madison area is being lead by YWAM-Madison director Michael Leeson. The team will be going to 2 areas, one to St. Marc where the Hospital-medical clinic is located. They will also be distributing supplies, putting up Hoop-housing, feeding and cooking for the thousands of refugees at the YWAM-Haiti base, building relationships and praying with the people. The second part of the group will be working at an orphanage in Jacmel and rebuilding a new orphanage, as well as working with the children. All of the 33 member team will be bring tents, mats and cots for sleeping, and then plan to leave them for the Haitians.
Karen believes that our goal is wisely stated in the words of Mother Teresa; “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one. It is not the magnitude of our actions buy the amount of love that is put into them that matters.” And to pare-phrase the words of Mother Teresa, Karen believes, “If you can’t bring hope to a hundred people, then Bring Hope 2 just one. It is not how big we are, but the compassion and love that we deposit into the life of another.”
We thank these local businesses for generously donating space for being the Drop off locations for the much needed Infant formula, bottles with nipples and bottle brushes.
The Drop off Locations here in Sun Prairie is at these sites:
Bean’s N Cream – 345 Cannery
Sentry Grocery Store – 1052 W. Main
Copps Grocery Store, West Side – 2538 Ironwood Dr.
Copps Grocery Store, East Side – 640 E. Main St.
Please place you donations in the Haiti Relief barrels at these sites, or make a tax deductible donation either by check to YWAM Madison (with Haiti notation) or by credit card on the web site: www.ReliefTrain.org Please call Rick and Karen Klemp for questions or more information about this project. Call Rick Klemp at 279-8101 or Karen 608-825-9557 or our web site: www.bringinghope2others.com As these sites get full, Rick will be picking them up for shipping. We are open to more sites for collection, such as churches, businesses and schools etc., and we will be able to pick up as needed.
We thank the city of Sun Prairie for their incredible support and compassion to bringing Hope 2 Others, both locally and around the world. We also ask that you keep the entire team of 33 people in your prayers as we prepare to go and leave on March 27th, while we are there, and until we safely return to our homes here in Wisconsin on Easter Sunday April 4th. May the City of Sun Prairie be blessed as they bless others!!!
We ask that the cans of donated formula are new and UNOPENED cans of formula with expiration date of greater than 6 months. Thank you!!
Other items needed to help with the feeding of these sick babies
• NG tubes( 6, 8, 10 and 12 fr.) and tape(white adhesive tape is good)
• Syringes (for feeding) 10, 20, 30 and 60 ml. sizes
• Water purification system(s) for mixing formula and drinking.
• Plastic quart size-Rubbermaid is good with screw lid and pour spout (to fit into suitcase for trip). Large ones for shipping. For mixing and pouring formula.
• Hand sanitizer, small and large containers. Anti-bacterial dish soap.
• Non-sterile gloves.
• Cloth diapers & rubber pants
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