By Teri Burton and Josh Arntz
The Dickson Herald

Published Jan. 22, 2010

Empowered Ministries Church in Dickson is among the local churches, schools, businesses and other organizations that are trying to help Haiti following the massive earthquake there on Jan. 12.

Five children and two adults in an orphanage located in Leogane and operated by the Church of God of Prophecy, which is the denomination of Empowered Ministries, were among the estimated 200,000 victims in Haiti.

“We’re trying to get money down to our orphanage right now,” said Mike Jennette, pastor at Empowered Ministries Church.

The region was again rocked by a magnitude 6.1 aftershock on Wednesday morning, according to news reports.

Catholic Church in Dickson raised $3,000 for Haiti relief efforts last Sunday.

“From a perspective of the church, the church is international, and as such we need to help the needs wherever they appear in our world not just in our society,” said St. Christopher’s Deacon Jim Tucker.

The Dickson Ministerial Alliance will show the Preacher’s Kid movie at The Roxy Theater with proceeds going toward Haiti relief.

Jamie Allen, pastor of Oak Grove Free Will Baptist church, who helped spearhead the movie fundraising effort, said the goal is $10,000. Allen said the proceeds were originally planned for the Help Center, but after the Haitian tragedy, plans changed.

“Whenever Haiti came up, we realized we have problems, but compared to Haiti we are all very, very well off,” Allen said.

The local Ministerial Alliance collected $250 donations from 14 churches to pay for the movie, which cost $3,500 to show in Dickson. Allen hopes to receive donations from at least six more churches, and add those extra contributions to the total amount for Haiti.

Allen is also attempting to set up a bank account at a local Dickson bank where people can donate to the relief effort. For more information about the bank account and the movie showing, call Allen at 289-2403.

Health, hygiene kits

Dickson First United Methodist Church Pastor Allen Weller said the church’s congregation has donated more than $3,000 to go toward hygiene kits for Haitians.

The kits include washcloths, hand towels, soap, toothbrushes, nail files, fingernail clippers, combs, bandages and a dollar to purchase toothpaste. He said each kit is valued at about $12.

The hygiene kit donation is part of a national effort by the United Methodist Church.

Gifts may be mailed directly to UMCOR, P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY 10087. Be sure to mark the check with “Advance #418325.”

Charlotte Middle School students are making more than 400 “health kits,” one made by each student, for those displaced in Haiti. The kits are similar in contents to the United Methodist Church kits and also cost $12.

For information on how to help with the health kit program, go to online to: http://www.umc.org/Haiti.

Special contribution scheduled

Steve Baggett, minister at the Walnut Street Church of Christ, said a special contribution is scheduled for Sunday’s 9 a.m. service for the earthquake victims.

He said the money raised will go to Healing Hands, a Nashville-based relief effort sponsored by the Church of Christ.

“Primarily I think they will be purchasing water filtering devices to be sent down there, ” Baggett said.

St. John Lutheran Church in Burns is working with Lutheran World Relief and Thrivent Financial to help an orphanage in Haiti, which sponsored by a Florida Lutheran Church, according to church secretary Blanche Davis. The Florida church is headed up by Edd Cobb, whose parents are members at St. John.

Pastor Steve Davis at Dickson First Assembly said right now the church is funneling money through the Convoy of Hope set up by the Assemblies of God. Davis said the church may send missionary teams to Haiti at a later date.

“It’s definitely going to take a group effort of all the churches working together,” Davis said.

Red Cross

Dickson County High School students began bringing in monetary donations for the Red Cross to their first-period classes Wednesday, with those contributions collected today.

Customers shopping at Dollar General, Kmart and Kroger can also make donations to the Red Cross by adding any amount they wish to their total purchase at time of checkout.

“The core mission of the Red Cross is to provide food, clothing and shelter for the people immediately following a disaster,” said Mitch Turner, Red Cross spokesperson.

As of Jan. 15, the American Red Cross had received $127 million in donations.

More than 60 percent of the donations have come through online donations, and $25 million has been pledged through mobile giving.

For more information or to donate to the Red Cross, go online to http://www.redcross.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS. Mobile donors can text “Haiti” to 90999 to make a $10 contribution.

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