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Newsline: Brethren continue shipping relief materials, a year after Katrina

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Date Thu, 14 Sep 2006 15:04:44 -0500

Title: Brethren continue shipping relief materials, a year after Katrina Sept. 14, 2006 Church of the Brethren News Service Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford, News Director 800-323-8039 ext. 260 --



Sept. 14, 2006 (Elgin, IL) -- On the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Service Ministries program of the Church of the Brethren was continuing shipments of relief materials responding to the Gulf coast hurricanes. The program based at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md., prepares and ships relief supplies following disasters around the world.

The August shipments included hurricane response supplies for Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, and Mississippi, sent on behalf of Church World Service (CWS). A shipment on Aug. 7 sent 716 cartons of Gift of the Heart Baby Kits, School Kits, Health Kits, blankets, and cleanup buckets.

During the same month, Service Ministries staff also facilitated shipments to Lebanon through CWS, including a 40-foot container with 59 bales of blankets, 232 cartons of Gift of the Heart Health Kits, and seven pallets of five-gallon water jugs shipped to Beirut on Aug. 18; and at the end of the month a shipment of 40 medicine boxes. On Aug. 30, a shipment of 525 cartons of Gift of the Heart Health and School Kits was picked up to ship via Mercy Flights to Jordan for Lebanon relief.

August was a busy month for the program, which has moved tons of supplies, reported director Loretta Wolf. Staff pulled and loaded 13 40- foot containers weighing 474,374 pounds, Wolf said. "Each pound is lifted and packed into the containers in the form of bales or cartons, the beginning of a labor-intensive process to move the requested supplies to the areas in need," she said.

In addition to shipments to the Gulf and Lebanon, relief supplies were sent to India, Sierra Leone, Azerbaijan, Niger, Malawi, Tanzania, and in the US to Tulsa, Okla.

For more about the disaster relief ministries of the Church of the Brethren, go to

The Church of the Brethren is a Christian denomination committed to continuing the work of Jesus peacefully and simply, and to living out its faith in community. The denomination is based in the Anabaptist and Pietist faith traditions and is one of the three Historic Peace Churches. It celebrates its 300th anniversary in 2008. It counts about 130,000 members across the United States and Puerto Rico, and has missions and sister churches in Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Nigeria.

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For more information contact:

Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford Director of News Services Church of the Brethren General Board 1451 Dundee Ave., Elgin, IL 60120 800-323-8039 ext. 260

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