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By: Chantel Corrie, Executive Director, Midwest Mission
Pawnee, IL (April 13, 2020) – Midwest Mission will be sending their fourth relief shipment to Jamaica on Tuesday, April 13 with their international partner, Food for the Poor. “The container will be valued over $150,000 and consist of medical items, cleaning supplies, hygiene supplies (towel, washcloth, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, finger nail clippers, Band-Aids and comb), sewing items, and education supplies along with bikes, sewing machines, student desks and chairs, and tarps (from Lamar Advertising),” says Chantel Corrie, Executive Director of Midwest Mission.
Food for the Poor will order the shipping container to arrive at our distribution center where we will load it with the relief supplies that have been donated by Midwest Missionaries and other partners. Once loaded, it will travel by rail, then by ship to the port in Jamaica, and then to the Food for the Poor warehouse.
Jamica is the third largest island in the Caribbean and is home to about three million people. The island has seen an alarming increase in poverty, violent crime and unemployment. These relief supplies will help support the most vulnerable but also help Jamaica with their COVID-19 Response. COVID-19 arrived to Jamaica on March 10, 2020 and they currently have 72 confirmed cases and 4 Deaths. In the United States COVID-19 arrived on January 15, 2020 so Jamaica is preparing for an increase in cases.
“Food for the Poor reached out to us with requests from their employees in Jamaica, hospitals and other non-profits they work with in-country. We were able to put together supplies that have been donated to us by other non-profits and the people of the United Methodist Church. We also specially ordered supplies for this shipment as we were out of many of our health and hygiene items from US disbursements. We had volunteers come in the last two weeks to work specifically on making hygiene kits for this shipment,” said Chantel Corrie.
ABOUT FOOD FOR THE POOR JAMACIA
Jamaica was the first country assisted by Food For The Poor, which began helping the island nation in 1982.
In 1983, Food For The Poor-Jamaica was established and is the largest charity organization in Jamaica. The office and warehouse complex is located in Spanish Town, at the intersection of five highways, which leads to all parts of the island. Food For The Poor partners with more than 1,300 churches and institutions for the distribution of food, medicine, educational supplies and other needed items. Food For The Poor has completed hundreds of projects in Jamaica with a focus on education, medical, housing and agriculture. In 2019, the ministry shipped 583 tractor-trailers of essential supplies.
ABOUT MIDWEST MISSION DISTRUBTION CENTER
Since opening for ministry in 2000, Midwest Mission has been showing God’s Love in practical ways through the distribution of education, health, micro-business, and disaster relief supplies, and meeting basic human needs around the world and around the corner. A “hands-on” mission experience for all ages and abilities is provided to those who serve at Midwest Mission, bringing hope to those receiving supplies.
The mission of Midwest Mission is hearts and hands transforming the resources of God’s people into humanitarian relief. For every $1 donated, $6.33 of supplies were sent out to reach 294,422 people in crisis. In 2019, Midwest Mission sent 33 International Shipments to the Caribbean, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, and Uganda. In addition, 257 shipments were sent domestically. The total value of aid shipped out of Midwest Mission in 2019 was $3,805,371.
Midwest Mission distributes its kits, resources, and supplies after receiving a request. Supplies are given free of charge regardless of gender, race or religion. They connect with local aid organizations by providing items that are received that do not meet kit requirements. Midwest Mission is one of ten cooperating depots in the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Supply Network. Midwest Mission distributes UMCOR supplies in response to disasters within the United States. They also collaborate with Central Illinois Christians in Mission, Food for the Poor, Franciscan Mission Warehouse, and U.S. Southern Command. Lead by Executive Director, Chantel Corrie.