Sept. 8, 2015 / Sarasota, Fla. — In July, Church of the Redeemer parishioner Chris Duffy joined a humanitarian mission to Haiti, delivering three huge suitcases stuffed with “blessing bags” packed by Redeemer parishioners. The bags included toiletries like toothbrushes and shampoo for children, and washcloths, Band-Aids and more for mothers and their families.
The trip was organized by the Bradenton-based humanitarian nonprofit Hearts Afire, which regularly performs mission trips to the Dominican Republic, Kenya, Swaziland and India, as well as Haiti. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere; more than 70 percent of children are not enrolled in school and more than 60 percent of adults are unemployed. Hearts Afire teams include youth, college students, adults and families who partner with Haitian churches and missionaries to assist in their medical clinics or work on other special projects.
Before Chris’s trip, Redeemer parishioners led by Laura Crouse stuffed plastic bags with toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, antibacterial hand sanitizer, combs, shampoo, washcloths, small hand towels, antibacterial creams and ointments, Band-Aids, deodorant, nail files and lip balm. They packed enough to assist 500 Haitian children and families.
“What a humbling experience,” says Duffy. “I’m blessed to have been able to go help people in such need. I really enjoyed it and plan on going again, soon.”
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