Sept. 7, 2011 (Somerset) – The last shipment of baby supplies collected for the Haitian Baby Kits will begin the journey to the island on Friday.
Thirteen barrels containing 450 baby kits left the Harvest of Hope headquarters in Somerset today. Each barrel weighed about 400 pounds and contained items from onesies to diapers and socks, formula, bottles, baby lotion, shampoo and soap. Most of the items were donated by members of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens (FBCLG), the church affiliated with the Central Jersey Community Development Corp., Harvest of Hope’s parent company.
“This is wonderful,” said Maureen Archibald, executive director of Harvest of Hope Family Services Network, Inc., the state-licensed adoption and foster care agency that organized the baby supply drive after the earthquake devastated Haiti last year. “The supplies will arrive in God’s own time. I’m grateful to get another shipment of goods to the people of Haiti.
“It is wonderful that this all came together from the generous donations of the members of First Baptist of Lincoln Gardens and by individuals who want and still desire to make a positive impact on the lives of children and families. These families have already suffered greatly from result of the earthquake of Jan. 12, 2011,” she continued.
This is the second shipment of baby supplies going to Haiti. The first shipment was in October.
Archibald said the project could not be completed without the help of the following people: Rosalind Jenkins, Barbara Johnson, Deaconess Noreen King and Chandra Hayslett.
The supplies will be transported by truck to Philadelphia, then leave by boat. They will dock in Jamaica, then arrive in Haiti in about a month, said Jean Philogene, owner of JP Express Cargo, the company hired to deliver the goods to Haiti.Once in Haiti, the baby items will be distributed to new mothers living in Cariesse, outside of Port-au-Prince.
“The supplies will be appreciated. The people of Haiti are in need and First Baptist responded to that need. After the earthquake, we didn’t know what to do, but we responded in our own way. We believe in faith in action. First Baptist is a church that really lives that word,” said FBCLG Deacon Ron Emile, who is Haitian and helped organize the efforts.
FBCLG and Harvest of Hope’s commitment to Haiti doesn’t stop at the baby kits. The church has provided money for an orphanage, which is now home to 20 children, from newborns to 15 years old, and will provide money for a school and a well, all in Cariesse, Haiti.
“Rev. (DeForest) Soaries knew that our commitment and work in Haiti would continue long after the cameras left the country and as long as the people of Haiti needed our help,” Archibald said.
The following are pictures from the moving day: