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Groups ask for medical supplies for Haiti
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Posted: 2012 Jul 06 - 00:48

By Meagan Perle

For Hometown News

VERO BEACH - The Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and the Gifford Youth Activity Center have joined forces again to raise awareness and support the people of Haiti.

On June 25, and for the three subsequent Mondays following, the organizations are urging people to stop by one of two drop off centers to donate medical equipment as part of this humanitarian effort.

The goal of the mission is to collect items such as wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, potty stools and tub chairs.

Freddie Woolfork, director of public relations for Gifford Youth Activity Center, said he expects a good turnout and hopes one person's trash can become another person's treasure.

"We're hoping that items that someone once used for themselves can be put to use by someone else," Woolfork said.

Deacon Edward Watkins of the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, and an organizer of the humanitarian effort, said there really isn't a reason for the mission event other than the fact that there are people who need the help.

"People are suffering and people want to help them," Watkins said. "I don't need a reason to do good and nobody else does, either."

The Gifford Youth Activity Center is a charitable non-profit organization and frequently partners with the church for humanitarian efforts.

Donate items on July 2, 9 and 16 at either Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 4545 30th Avenue, Vero Beach, from 10 a.m.-

12 p.m. or the Gifford Youth Activity Center 4875 43rd Avenue, Vero

Beach, from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

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