PROVIDENCE (WPRI) – The local Liberian community is doing their part to help communities hit hard by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
The Rhode Island group has held educational forums, meetings with the Dept. of Health and now they’re sending medical supplies to Africa. On Saturday morning, they collected items including more than 20 beds and a handful of HAZMAT suits.
Claudius Cooper is a Reverand at Christ Center of Praise Church in Providence and the organizer of Saturday’s event. He says, “We’re not counting on numbers. We were looking at how much we could fill a 40 foot container with and we believe we have a little bit now to fill a 40 foot container.”
Supplies were collected through the “Ebola Be Gone” Campaign. The goal of the campaign is to educate people on Ebola and to hopefully prevent the virus from spreading. Donated items include sodium chloride and a sterilized saline solution used to clean medical tools.
“Even when the container is shipped in two weeks, we will still receive more supplies because of the dire need in Liberia and West Africa.” Says Rev. Cooper.
Cooper says it is a tedious process to send these supplies to Liberia, but says it is all worth it. The Liberian community in Rhode Island is planning a food drive as their next event.