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Nowai Korkoya, mother of deceased Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, center, walks with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, right, and Josephus Weeks, Duncan’s nephew after they spoke to reporters on Tuesday in Dallas. — AP Photo/LM Otero

“Heart for Liberia” is slated to be one of the nation’s largest fundraising drives for the Ebola-stricken West African nation. This is being coordinated by the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in partnership with Lott Carey, the Foreign Mission Board and the National Baptist Convention. Donations can be taken to Enon’s Family Life Center, 2800 W. Cheltenham Ave., in Mount Airy Saturday, Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There are specific items being collected in this drive. They are 64 oz. bottles of chlorine bleach, 8 oz. bottles of hand sanitizer, 15 oz. of canned beans (kidney, lima, butterbeans, black-eyed peas or red beans), canned tuna, chicken breast or sardines, 8 oz. packs of peanut butter and crackers, 5 lb. bags of uncooked rice, 35-count canisters of Clorox wipes, all sizes of medical gloves and all sizes of surgical masks.

“We are coordinating our efforts to have the Omega Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha [AKA] involved in this drive,” said Margarette Crawford, whose family is from Liberia. “We have been praying for our relatives and those who are suffering from Ebola. Now we are part of this national effort that is likely to be the largest in the country.

“It’s very important that all organizations get involved. The AKAs are a national service organization and Lott Carey has missions in Liberia and is familiar with how to get things in there. So, working with them we are assured that these items will actually get to where they need to go in Liberia.”

The Lott Carey School principal, the Rev. Emilie Sam-Peal, will be directing the transport of the donated materials. All items will be shipped to the A&H Shipping Co. in Hyattsville, Md. From there, it will then make its way to the Lott Carey Mission in Brewerville, Liberia.

“This is all in keeping with Enon’s history of helping people in need,” said Harriet Garrett, who is coordinating the publicity for the event. “We really want there to be a good showing from Philadelphia. We want everyone to get the word out that we are having this heart for Liberia program.”

Other churches, particularly those in Northwest Philadelphia, have come on-board. Yet one need not be part of the faith-based community to volunteer or participate in this drive. Those who want to get involved in the “Heart for Liberia” event can call Enon at (215) 276-7200 or visit enontab.org.

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