Thursday, January 14, 2010

disaster relief

The best thing to donate after a tragedy is money. Respected agencies like the American Red Cross, Catholic Relief Services and The Salvation Army can buy more with each dollar than we could at retail prices. However sometimes we feel more helpful by giving items instead of cash.

One Knoxville retailer is collecting now-worthless Lane Kiffin t-shirts for victims of the Haiti earthquake. Disgruntled fans of the Tennessee Vols were more than happy to be shed of reminders of the coach who jilted them.

Another organization I respect is accepting items. Remote Area Medical will fly their transport plane from Knoxville to Haiti on Friday. Here is the list of needs I received via email today:
Aspirin – as much as you can provide

Ibuprofen/ Tylenol – liquid for infants
Tablets for adults

Anti-diarrhea medication (like Imodium) tablets or capsules (not liquid or liqui-gels) – as much as you can provide

Anti-itch cream (Benadryl)

Vaseline (we can use up to 20 pounds)

Antibiotic cream (Neosporin) as much as you can provide

Ace bandages – as much as you can provide

Ziploc bags – all sizes

Fine tip sharpies - 20

Alcohol in plastic bottles up to 50 bottles

Wash cloths – will be lower priority so will be one of the last things packed

Dish towels (flour sack cotton, not washcloth type – basically those that would leave less lint) these are for use by doctors when treating patients

Empty bottles with multi-hole pop up caps various sizes (these can be filled with water to flush debris) you can find smaller ones in travel item section at Walmart

Crutches – If stoppers, handgrips and arm pads are in good shape.

Eye drops – non-medicated (saline, liquid tears) as much as you can provide.

Gauze pads – 2x2 and 4x4 sizes

Band-Aids – 20 to 30 boxes


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Blogger Frank Murphy said...

Latest e-mail about RAM and Haiti:

Thank you for your great response to our earlier email regarding Remote Area Medical using their plane to fly medical supplies to Haiti. There will be other flights going to Haiti, so if you are not able to donate on such short notice please consider donating supplies in the days or weeks to come.

There are a few additional things you need to know:

1. Due to a wonderful response, the folks at RAM are overwhelmed with the logistics of sorting out and organizing donations. Starting immediately, please drop donations off at Digital X-ray Specialist (3700 Pleasant Ridge Road) instead of RAM's South Knoxville location until 9:00 p.m. tonight or 6:00 p.m. tomorrow.

2. There are two additional items that RAM is in need of:
a. Flashlights with batteries
b. Headlamps with batteries

3. RAM will begin accepting donations again after Digital X-ray closes at 6 p.m on Friday, until 10 p.m. They will be open on Saturday, January 16th from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, January, 17th from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. and will continue to stockpile provisions to fill the plane as many times as possible. Because their parking lot is small, if your church or business could bring everything in one or two loads it would help to avoid gridlock.

4. RAM's staff is overwhelmed by phone calls, so if you have questions, please call Chris Caldwell, pastor at Hope Community Church, at 865-599-1044. You can also call Angie, a member at Hope Community Church who has offered to assist with phone calls. Her number is 865-455-9635.

*If you hear of the FAA banning incoming flights due to an inability to refuel them, please be assured that RAM has alternative plans to get the supplies delivered.


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