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Charlotte area churches donate items headed for Haiti

Donated items are being packed on this bus outside of Light of Christ United Methodist Church in south Charlotte. The items will go to help people in Haiti.
Donated items are being packed on this bus outside of Light of Christ United Methodist Church in south Charlotte. The items will go to help people in Haiti. COURTESY OF MARIANNE ROMANAT

A bus loaded with food, over-the-counter medications, clothing, and additional items is expected to soon leave for West Palm Beach, Fla., to be shipped to Haiti on April 12.

But before it goes, area churches need your support for this project.

There’s room for more donations.

The Rev. Marianne Romanat, lead pastor of the Light of Christ United Methodist Church, said the final day for drop-offs is April 9.

Items needed include rice, dried beans, cooking oil, peanut butter, crackers, and over-the-counter medicines (ibuprofen, aspirin, triple antibiotic ointment, antacids). Donations may be brought to Light of Christ United Methodist Church, 9212 Bryant Farms Road in southeast Charlotte,

“Along with other churches, we have sent school buses before to Bayonnais,” Romanat said. “It is primarily the teachers who ride the school bus. Without the school buses to transport them, the teachers would not be able to come to OFCB (Operation Force for Christ in Bayonnais) to teach.”

Students who live far out from the school can ride the bus, but most of the students walk to school, she said.

Light of Christ is one of 13 area churches, of different denominations, supporting the Operation Force for Christ in Bayonnais school, medical clinic, church and agricultural efforts in Bayonnais, Haiti.

The other churches are Mineral Springs United Methodist Church, First Baptist in Huntersville, Myers Park United Methodist, First Presbyterian, Sardis Presbyterian, South Mecklenburg Presbyterian, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Radiant Life Fellowship, Isle of Hope United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian in Florence, S.C., Rutherwood Baptist, and Montreat Presbyterian Church.

These churches came together under the encouragement of South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church where Actionnel Fleurisma, one of the founders of OFCB, is a charter member.

“Rotary clubs in the Charlotte area have undertaken a clean water project in Bayonnais and the surrounding community, which is making a beautiful impact today in providing clean water to the people in this region of Haiti,” Romanat said.

“I recently traveled (to Bayonnais) with a team from Light of Christ in November 2014. All of our partner churches through Friends of OFCB also send teams,” Romanat said. “This continues the face to face encouragement and support we enjoy sharing with our brothers and sisters in Christ in Bayonnais, who have literally transformed a community there.”

The bus is waiting. There’s little time before it leaves for Bayonnais.

June Noe is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for June? Email her atjknoe@carolina.rr.com.

Want to help?

Take donated items to Light of Christ United Methodist Church, 9212 Bryant Farms Road. Donations may be taken into the church’s main entrance, with double glass doors when the church is open, or left in a large black storage bin beside the bus after hours. If the school bus is not in the parking lot when donations are brought, the black bin may be near the front entrance of the church.

Also, if your church is interested in becoming part of Friends of OFCB , or learning more, contact friendsofofcb.org

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