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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

UPDATED 11/21/2013

To finish Sunday's post, I'll go ahead and answer the other question.

"What items can we collect to send back with you at Christmas?"

Well, there are some items we could use.  First and foremost, top of my list right now is buying a washing machine and dryer.  If you choose only one thing on this list to help with, this is the one I'd ask for you to choose.  We need to raise around $1500 to cover the cost since both the washer and dryer run about $800 each.  

This may seem like a silly request, but having a washer and dryer here at the house would take a huge weight off of our shoulders.  In the words of Jenn Hambrick, "We would go from surviving to thriving!" Right now, in order to wash clothes I have two options.  One - I can haul my laundry basket over to Jenn and Jeremiah's and use their washer and dryer (which they have so graciously allowed me to do and I cannot thank them enough for that!!), or  Two- I can call Esther.  If I call Esther, then she and her friend come over and spend the whole day washing each item by hand and hanging them to dry.  While I am grateful that these options exist, having our own machines would make it that much easier, and one less thing we would have to schedule into our week.   This is especially true for when we have teams at the house.  Washing 12 sets of sheets, towels, and other items takes a long time to do by hand and would be MUCH easier with a washing machine.  So, if you'd like to help us purchase a washer and dryer, a donation is the way to go!  You can give online at www.christianlightministries.org or mail a check to:

Christian Light Ministries
Attn: Allyson Hemric
PO Box 23881
Jacksonville, FL 32241

These donations are tax deductible!  Please include a note that your donation is for me, and if you'd like to designate it to my washer and dryer fund, please also include that on your note.

If you would like to give tangible items, here are a few items we are in need of right now:

  • Twin Sheet Sets - 100% cotton in solid colors or small prints (such as stripes).  Please do not send any sheets that have a silky texture to them.  We need light weight cotton sheets, and could use at least 12 more sets.
  • 14 Twin size cloth mattress pads/covers.  Please no plastic ones as they are very hot!
  • 1 Full size cloth mattress pad/cover.
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Lighters (the long ones)
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Clorox Wipes
  • D, AA, & AAA Batteries
  • Humidifier 
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Small 3oz bathroom size cups
  • Toiletry size items we could give away to the women we work with (shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, feminine products, etc)
  • 15 Seat cushions (solid colors) for folding metal chairs - preferably the kind you can tie on
  • DVD's - we love to watch movies at night and are quickly going through our pile! 
  • Glass containers that seal VERY well for the kitchen - all sizes!
  • Labels for glass containers that can be erased and relabeled
  • Rugs (must fit into standard size luggage and should be in colors that will hide dirt well) 
  • Decor for the house or supplies to make our own (aka canvases, paint, fabric, etc)
  • Standard  Bed Pillows
  • Small portable laminating machine with laminating sheets
  • Small battery powered fans

Monetary donations are always very helpful as well!  Many of the items we need can be purchased here in Haiti if we have the funds available.  The includes items on our need list like: Fans, light fixtures, appliances, furniture, generator, etc.  Monetary donations also go towards paying our monthly ministry costs as well. If you'd like to donate directly to HFMS to help cover these costs, you can send a check payable to Union Baptist Church and mail it to:

Hope for My Sister
Union Baptist Church
PO Box 194
Union, KY 41091

Hope that helps!! I'll be home a few days before Christmas and will be in town until January 7th.  If you'd like to donate any of these items, please leave a comment below or email me at allysonhemric@gmail.com and we can figure out a time to meet up.

Thanks everyone :)

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