Container Shipping to La Chona, Nicaragua!
Hello MEMO Supporters,
WE WILL BE SHIPPING A CONTAINER TO LA CHONA, NICARAGUA, SATURDAY JUNE 18.
If you live in the area come and feel the joy of caring for others by helping us pack the container, starting at 9 a.m. at the Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital Laundry Warehouse (Next to 150’ smokestack!) We need your help.
In my last update I said we would ship if we had the $15,000. Amazingly with a $10,000 anonymous donation we should have enough. The cost includes $3000 for MEMO to buy the container so it can be left there for storage purposes.
It is amazing how God works things out:
As well as equipping the 4 room Clinic in the village of La Chona to be run by EFCCM missionaries we were asked to furnish a small 12 bed seniors home they run. Then last week Wally Weibe informed me they had expanded into a 30 bed facility for seniors and could we furnish that! In February the City of Thunder Bay closed 2 old folks homes with about 150 beds each. After local organizations needs were met, MEMO was invited in to clean up. In our warehouses we now have 150 modern electric beds, 40 dresser/closet units and 50 bedside tables and dressers. This means we will be able to meet all the needs for La Chona but also for a Mexican initiative(Tell you about that next month)
Keeping a seniors home clean to prevent spread of infections is always a challenge, and special disinfectant cleaners are expensive. Guess what? Last week I got a call from one of our volunteers who also volunteers for the Red Cross. The Red Cross had 160 4 litre jugs of concentrated disinfectant that will make up into 1600 gals of cleaning solution(Okay we will only send one half of it to La Chona). The Red Cross had it left over after Thunder Bay’s flood a few years ago and it was going to cost them $1000 to dispose of it properly. So win/win.
Three weeks ago our moving guy, Dave March, got a call from a home for the aged, to pick up a pallet of adult diapers (about 2000) that they couldn’t use due to allergies to chemicals in them. The next day Dave arrived at our warehouse with boxes and boxes of brand new(we insist on only accepting unused diapers!!) We promptly opened the boxes put Nicaragua labels on them and set them up for shipping. A week later Dave got an urgent call from the Home for the Aged saying the diapers he picked up were the new replacement diapers , and the ones for us were further down the hall! They asked if we could bring them back and pick up the ones they couldn’t use.We explained they had all been labeled for Nicaragua but would be happy to return them for the even larger number they wanted to get rid off. So now these Thunder Bay old folks are using diapers labled “Nicaraguan” and the La Chona old folks will have special diapers with Vit E and Aloe Vera!
Thanks for your hands on volunteering, your prayers, and your financial donations to make all this possible.