Barrels of Blessings
Help Haiti during COVID
Fill a Barrel of Donated Supplies for Haitian Children
An urgent plea has come for us to donate supplies to our FEJ partners on the ground in Haiti who serve children through their school and infants through their orphanage. With your help we can provide and ship barrels of donated supplies directly to FEJ.
The situation in Haiti is desperate, we have received reports that COVID -19 continues to spread and people are dying without even being diagnosed. Mission of Tears, through FEJ is preparing to do everything we can but we need your help.
Diane and I want to thank everyone for your support to Mission of TEARS through 2020-21 and provide an update on Barrels of Blessings. It was our Covid-19 response focused on Haiti.
Starting in July with the first purchase of 9 empty shipping barrels to be packed with donated food, health and hygienic items. It was planned those 9 barrels would last 3 months meeting our planned goal to send 3 per month.
The unexpected appeal to this project had our first month shipment consist of 8 barrels leaving from our Havelock location on July 31 our August shipment had 12, September and October combined for 15, November 14 and 11 barrels sent December 3rd finished this year.
In total with the 60 Barrels of Blessings shipped to Haiti a further 2 went to Jamaica and 2 to Grenada for a total of 64 since beginning.
Forty-nine (49) of the 60 barrels have arrived in Haiti for distribution, 2 each into Jamaica and Grenada.
Barrels of Blessings provided an ideal opportunity for hands on ministry by churches and individuals in a safe setting respecting Covid-19 limitation. It allowed for pro-action not just reaction to effectively help others facing more serious impacts of the pandemic.
Countries outside of Canada faced an immediate impact to food deprivation and access to medical or schooling supplies.
Average dollar value per barrel would equal $700 Canadian with the cost of shipping $250 and weight of contents averaging 200 pounds per barrel. That means 12,800 pounds of food valued at 45,000 dollars shipped for $16,000 at a cost of $1.25 cents per pound of food.
Thanks to Norwood and Cobourg Pentecostal Churches, and Bloomfield Baptist Church for donations.
Thanks to volunteers of all ages from the community and local churches. Special mention to Marmora Pentecostal Church who held an on-line auction of bake goods for Barrels of Blessings in a safe and fun environment.
This thanks explains it all:
Today we received a Barrel of Blessing from Mission of Tears through Fondation Enfant Jesus Haiti. We excitedly unpacked our blessings of much needed food and supplies. It came at the perfect time. We are struggling to be able to purchase food and supplies. At the beginning of August 1, us$ = 120 gourdes. Now 1 us$ = 60 gourdes. We lose half of our funding through the exchange rate difference. Prices remain high in comparison to the exchange rate difference. Thank you everyone who donated We did an inventory of the packing list and nothing was missing. All was accounted for and we were thankful for that. We are looking forward to make things like pancakes and muffins and peanut butter sandwiches Thank you Mission of Tears and FEJ. Yours; Karen Coram Deo Haiti.
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Please signup below to register with us. By registering you agree to personally or as group, begin collecting these items to fill a barrel ! The cost to ship a barrel to Haiti is $250 (includes the price of the barrel, all ground transfer fees and the cargo fee for shipping) and we have arranged excellent shipping direct from Montreal to Haiti. By helping to cover the shipping costs you ensure we can get your gifts to Haiti.
The following is a list of desperately needed items request by FEJ.