Wednesday, February 17, 2010

How to Give to Journey into Hope

Often when disaster strikes, we're bombarded with pleas for donations from various organizations. Certainly many of these organizations are legitimate, but even these often have large in-house expenses that consume much of your generous funding. If you want to help those in Haiti and the adjoining Dominican Republic, just how do you make sure your hard-earned dollars go where they're supposed to?

Journey into Hope is a small organization with almost no overheard. JIH owns no fancy airplanes, nor does it provide workers with large salaries. From a site page, this is what they do:

January 15, 2010:
As you can imagine, many former Haitian refugees who are now living in the DR are frantically trying to reach and connect with family members still in Haiti. The number of unidentified bodies in Haiti continues to grow. In the DR, Richard was able to serve lunch to 50 kids today in the Journey Into Hope soup kitchen. He then shopped for more supplies to continue the lunch provisions this week. He has also seen a 17 year old girl who is in great need of surgery. Richard plans to work with her in getting the needed operation set up for her for possibly next week. He did sound tired but good. It seems to take him a couple of days to recover from the long travel day he always experiences in getting down there.

February 1, 2010: Of course the devastation of the earthquake in Haiti has been seen in the Dominican in many ways. Family members are constantly in search of those still in Haiti. Richard has been able to arrange for transportation for some family members to be reunited in the Dominican with their loved ones. He was instrumental in getting over 11 million water purification tablets out of customs in Puerta Plata,DR, and sent by truck to Santo Domingo where they were then flown to Haiti. He is in the midst of trying to get some 200 simple water purification systems completed and plans to drive them to Santo Domingo himself. He was able to get the 17 year old girl the surgery she needed last week. He has aided in several other medical needs as well. The Journey Into Hope soup kitchen remains a priority as the 50+ meals that are served to the children is usually the only meal they will receive. Buying supplies for the kitchen as well as for other hungry families keeps Richard busy.

If you feel this is the kind of small, conservative organization to which you could safely and securely donate money, join us in making Journey into Hope one of your favorite charities. Please send any financial donations to :

New Life Christian Church
P.O. Box 89
Linden, TN 37096
Dominican Mission Fund
(931) 589-2838

Coming soon: A new Food/Dining Blog featuring "Trader," D. K. provides inside details on two grisly Shoals murders, and more breaking news on the Andrew Scott felony drug arrest (our legal eagles tell us it was definitely a felony for which the UNA nursing student was arrested last February 4th at 3:00 a.m. in downtown Florence.)