This November we honored Native American Heritage Month and celebrated World Kindness Day. We proudly remembered all the veterans who work with Medical Missionaries and are thankful for all those who support the work that is done through our projects. We are excited to be preparing for the Holiday Drive for the Rocklick Food Pantry in Grundy Va in December.
A Heartfelt Thank You to all who contributed to and supported the Thanksgiving Drive for the Rocklick Community in Grundy, Va!
Over 600 cans of ham and other food items were collected and sent to Grundy, Va. so that the community could have a fantastic feast on Thanksgiving. We received about 15 boxes of food donations from donors purchasing through Amazon in addition to those that dropped off items.
Medical Missionaries also received generous monetary donations that were used to purchase food items as well. We are very grateful for the food collected from the community and from the students from Seton School in Manassas, Va!
Rocklick Food Pantry Holiday Drive For Gifts and Food
Tis the Time … To Remember the Reason for the Season! Our annual drive to collect holiday gifts and food for the community in Grundy, Va. in the Appalachia region is in the final stages. We are accepting donations of toys, items for babies and teens and other gifts such as new coats for the community. Items must be new or very gently used and they prefer toys that do not require batteries.
The community is also requesting items for their Christmas Dinners such as canned hams and trimmings. Donations can be dropped off at our office or purchased through Amazon Smile. Our final trip to Grundy will be on December 10th so please drop off your donations soon.
St. Joseph Clinic, Haiti Update
Our staff reported that schools in Haiti have been unable to open because of gas prices and shortages. Families are finding that they cannot afford books and school fees as they are concentrating on essentials like food. But they remain hopeful that schools will open soon.
The Ministry of Public Health and Population of Haiti (MSPP) is providing training for staff such as a recent one on pharmacy procedures. Thanks to batteries and panels provided by MSPP, the Clinic has had dependable refrigeration for medicines.
Midwives For Haiti – The Midwives For Haiti students will be in the clinic until March 2023. Every two weeks a group of two students and one monitor visit the clinic. They do prenatal and postnatal consultations, assist with births, provide education for the patients and the monitor will provide training for the midwife staff .
Supplies and Equipment In and Out
Grundy, Appalachia: On November 17th our wonderful volunteer, John Dominicis (JD) pulled our trailer filled with Thanksgiving holiday food and met up with the Rocklick team in Roanoke, Va., where everything was transferred to their truck for the trip to Grundy.
Local need and distribution of items such as adult and baby diapers, wheelchairs and other pieces of equipment continues to be on the rise. Word is getting around that Medical Missionaries has supplies that are needed such as adult diapers, wipes, gloves and underpads as well as walkers, wheelchairs, etc. which people are not able to afford.
Food is Always Needed. The appeal for food remains strong and urgent. Please be generous and give what you can to help those without. Our list of needed items is current on SmileAmazon and ship directly to our office. Check it out!
Woodbridge OB/GYN Practice. Thanks to this practice, a truckload of office and medical equipment was donated to Medical Missionaries. If you know of someone who would like to donate their equipment please contact us.
Annual Appeal Letter
Dr. Irwin’s Annual Letter is in the mail! As we come to the end of our 25th Anniversary Year, Dr. Irwin and the Medical Missionaries team is ready for the next 25! We are so thankful to have you all on the road with us. You can read the letter here.