Goodwill donates $100,000 for Haiti
    February 9 2010 by BSC

    Goodwill Industries of North Carolina presented a check for $100,000 to North Carolina Baptist Men recently to assist with relief work surrounding the disaster in Haiti.

    Dennis McLain, president of the Goodwill Community Foundation and Goodwill Industries of Eastern North Carolina says their Board voted to give the contribution to N.C. Baptists because of the way the money will be used.

    “You have a presence there and that ’s critical. The funds are used to pay for the actual provision of services to the individual. We do not get into the business of telling people what their needs are, we ask. And this organization (N.C. Baptist Men), through its volunteers, responds to the needs of the local community rather than dictating to the local community what their needs are.” (See related story.)

     Richard Brunson, executive director of North Carolina Baptist Men (NCBM) expressed gratitude for the sizable donation and said it would make a “huge difference. We’re spending money now on medical teams and supplies. When we get to this next phase it will go toward things like building materials. We’re going to send a lot of construction teams. We’re purchasing block-making machines so we can make blocks to build homes and churches that were destroyed by the earthquake.”

    Brunson says NCBM plans a rebuilding effort similar to the one in Honduras after Hurricane Mitch where volunteers built 500 homes. He estimates it will cost approximately $2,300 per home. Each house takes a team one week to complete.

    However, for the next few months, the most urgent need is medical. Since the earthquake, North Carolina Baptists have sent about 75 medical personnel to assist in Haiti.
    2/9/2010 9:38:00 AM by BSC | with 0 comments

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